[LACNIC/Anuncios] Press release: LACNIC-ICANN Agreement

Alexandra Dans alexandra at lacnic.net
Thu Mar 15 15:40:27 BRT 2012

LACNIC Signs Agreement with ICANN to Install a New Root Server in the Region

Today, LACNIC (the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses 
Registry) and the organization responsible for managing Internet 
addresses, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and 
Numbers), signed an agreement for deploying copies of the "L" root 
server in Latin America and the Caribbean.

*This agreement will allow *expanding the efforts promoted by LACNIC 
within the region aimed at *improving direct Internet connection for 
users and Internet service providers around Latin America and the 
Caribbean*, thus improving the chance of using technology in benefit of 
development and an increase in the population's standard of living.

The copy of the "L" root server will be installed in the region thanks 
to an agreement signed today between LACNIC's Executive Director, Raul 
Echeberria, and ICANN's CEO and Chairman, Rod Beckstrom, during the 43rd 
annual meeting of the organization responsible for managing Internet 
domain names and numbers, which is currently being held in San Jose, 
Costa Rica.

"We are very pleased to have signed this agreement with ICANN, as it 
will bring about concrete improvements in terms of Internet stability 
and performance that will benefit the Latin American and Caribbean 
community", said LACNIC's CEO.

The "L" server is one of 13 original Internet servers installed around 
the world (ten of them in the United States, two in Europe, one in 
Japan) and it is managed by ICANN. Due to a technical limitation it is 
not possible to increase the number of original servers to more than 13; 
for this reason, a technology known as anycast was developed that allows 
creating clones (mirror copies) which, once in operation, are 
indistinguishable from the original servers.

The agreement signed with ICANN allows expanding +RAICES, a project that 
LACNIC has been implementing since 2004. This project has made it 
possible to install root server copies in Latin America and the 
Caribbean with the aim of improving Internet access around the continent 
and making a relevant contribution to Internet stability both at 
regional and global level.

"The +RAICES project is a concrete example of the multi-stakeholder 
collaboration efforts that are taking place in our region, bringing 
together public and private sector organizations, academia, civil 
society, and the technical community", added Mr. Echeberria.

To date, +RAICES has allowed installing a total of seven root server 
copies in the region, in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, 
Haiti, and St. Maarten.


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