Key Technical Elements of Potential Root Operators (R1)

Date IssuedDocumentReference IDCurrent Phase

Key Technical Elements of Potential Root Operators (R1)RSSAC024



An Advisory to the ICANN Board of Directors and the Internet community. In this Advisory, the RSSAC identifies key technical elements of potential DNS root server operators.

RSSAC001 and RFC 7720 are considered as starting points; alone, they are insufficient to evaluate potential operators. The RSSAC believes non-technical aspects (trustworthiness, ethos, etc) to be important and part of an overall evaluation but are not address herein. The proposed recommendations only consider technical aspects as well as its current understanding of the key technical elements a potential root operator should meet.


DatePhaseTypeStatus Updates


ClosedPhase ChangeThis Advice Item is now Closed


Phase 2AP FeedbackICANN received confirmation of Understanding from the RSSAC.


Phase 2Phase UpdateUnderstanding sent to RSSAC for review.


Phase 2Board UnderstandingThe ICANN organization understands RSSAC024 is RSSAC's input into the descriptions of key technical elements for new root server operators and is informational only. There are no actionable items for the ICANN Board.


Phase 2Phase ChangeNow in Phase 2: Understand


Phase 1Phase UpdateICANN acknowledged receipt of Advice.


Phase 1Phase UpdateRSSAC published RSSAC024: Key Technical Elements of Potential Root Operators Link: