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Subject: Re: Dominio Internet de la Rep. Dominicana In-Reply-To: <2ffaea55._redid@redid.redid.org.do> Message-ID: <Pine.ULT.3.91.950712155702.18589B-100000@hamlet.umd.edu> MIME-Version: 1.0
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Sr. Miguel Ceara Hatton

He recibido su carta del 5 de julio de 1995 via correo electronico relativa al Top Level Domain (TLD) de la Republica Dominicana.

Yo no tengo privilegios ni poder para poder suspender o apoyar cambio alguno ante el InterNIC. A continuacion le envio la siguiente informacion que confio aclarara algunos puntos:

En 1991, la Organizacion de los Estados Americanos (OEA) auspicio y coorganizo el Primer Seminario-Taller de Caribbean University Network (CUNet,) en donde los paises participantes, mayoritariamente, no estaban registrados en el InterNIC ni contaban con facilidades de correo electronico. Con el proposito de facilitar las comunicaciones electronicas, en cooperacion con la Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) y CRACIN, los participantes acordaron que UPR registrara y administrara el TLD de estos paises en beneficio de las instituciones originalmente adscritas al proyecto. Por lo tanto, correspondia a la UPR, en coordinacion con los administradores de las redes y con conocimiento de CUNet, realizar los cambios administrativos o tecnicos que se consideraran necesarios a futuro. En el caso de la Republica Dominicana, la unica institucion participante fue la Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), la cual, de acuerdo a los participantes, seria el primer nodo electronico de ese pais. Este proyecto ha permitido el acceso al correo electronico, Internet, a numerosos paises de la subregion.

Dado el crecimiento de las redes electronicas en alguno de estos paises, varios de los coordinadores administradores de los nodos solicitaron la transferencia de la administracion del TLD a los respectivos paises. Por ejemplo, el primer caso fue Jamaica (actualmente con 1,800 usuarios) que, a raiz de su conexion a la Internet mediante enlace satelital dedicado y, originalmente, con la asistencia tecnica y financiamiento de equipo de CUNet, opera y administra el TLD (University of The West Indies).

Tanto UPR como el proyecto CUNet han sostenido siempre que efectivamente la administracion del TLD es total prerrogativa de los paises. Inclusive, dicho traslado, ha sido respuesta a repetidas sugerencias de la InterNIC, recomendaciones de los coordinadores nacionales y presiones de otras realidades. Por ello, recientemente, UPR inicio, a solicitud de algunos coordinadores de redes, la gestion ante el InterNIC del traslado de la administracion del TLD a las respectivas instituciones participantes en el proyecto CUNet y para las cuales se crearon originalmente los registros del TLD en el InterNIC en septiembre de 1991. Para facilitar la gestion ante el InterNIC, por oficio, y con nuestro conocimiento, el traslado se hizo de Puerto Rico a todas las instituciones nacionales, segun el acuerdo original descrito anteriormente.

Por lo tanto, consideramos que realizar una reunion local para discutir con las partes interesadas la futura administracion del TLD es una via adecuada y, una vez que lleguen a un acuerdo, debera ser notificada al InterNIC. Este acuerdo es estrictamente local en donde las instituciones nacionales tienen total prerrogativa para decidir la mejor manera de administrar el TLD de su pais.

Atentamente,


Saul Hahn
Coordinador, Ciencias Basicas y Redes Organizacion de los Estados Americanos


(ENGLISH VERSION)
July 12, 1995

Mr. Miguel Ceara Hatton

I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated July 5, 1995 through electronic mail regarding the administration of the Top Level Domain (TLD) of the Dominican Republic.

I do not have any privileges to stop or support any kind of change in the InterNIC. I enclose the following comments which I hope will clarify some issues:

In 1991, the Organization of American States (OAS) sponsored and co-organized the First Caribbean University Network (CUNet), when the participant countries, in general, were not registered in the InterNIC and had no facilities for e-mail exchange. In order to facilitate the electronic communications, in cooperation with the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and CRACIN, the participants agreed that UPR would register and manage the TLD of the participant countries in support of the institutions originally involved in the project. Therefore, it was granted to UPR the privilege to perform, in coordination with the local administrators and CUNet, any necessary administrative or technical change in the future. In the case of the Dominican Republic, the only participant institution was Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), which, according to the participants, was going to be the first electronic node in the country. The CUNet project has allowed the access to electronic mail, Internet, to numerous countries in the subregion.

Due to the growth of electronic networks in some countries, many of the node coordinators requested the transfer of the administration of the TLD to the respective countries. For example, the first case was Jamaica (currently with 1,800 users) that, as a result of its connection to the Internet through a dedicated satellite link and, originally, with technical assistance and equipment from CUNet, is currently managing and operating the TLD (University of The West Indies).

Both UPR and the CUNet project have always insisted that the administration of the TLD is a prerogative of the respective country. Indeed, this transfer of the TLD is in response to recommendations of the InterNIC, suggestions from national coordinators, and persuasion from other realities. Therefore, UPR, as requested by many network coordinators, has recently initiated the administrative process with the InterNIC to transfer the TLD to the respective local institutions, which were originally participants of the CUNet project and for whom the registrations of the TLD were initially created at the InterNIC in September 1991. To facilitate this action with the InterNIC, by default and with our knowledge, UPR transferred the TLD to all the national institutions, according to the original agreement described before.

Consequently, we consider that having a local meeting with all the parties interested in the future administration of the TLD is a proper procedure. Once the participants reach a decision, it should be notified to the InterNIC. This activity is strictly a national matter where the local institutions have total privileges to decide the best way to administer the TLD for your country.

Sincerely,


Saul Hahn
Coordinator,
Basic Sciences and Networking
Organization of American States

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