Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, today announced the upcoming issuance of a Request for Information for the procurement of its back-end registry services.
Afilias, the current PIR back-end provider, immediately issued a statement after the announcement:
“Public Interest Registry (PIR) has announced that they are beginning the RFP process for technical service providers to run the Registry Services for PIR. Afilias has been the technical provider for PIR since PIR was established by ISOC following the successful ISOC/Afilias strategic partnership in the bid for .ORG in 2002. As an exemplary registry, PIR will conduct the RFP in fair and open manner designed to ensure that the Registry Services for .ORG and its other TLDs continue to be world class.
Afilias’s commitment to the success of ISOC and PIR remains as strong as ever. We have been expecting an RFP since our last contract was signed, and we look forward to demonstrating that Afilias? products and services, wide-ranging strategic support, innovations, and security continue to be the best option for PIR.”
Here is PIR’s announcement:
“Since its inception in 2003, Public Interest Registry has built a reputation as being an exemplary organisation focused on the empowerment of the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively. The organisation desires to contract with a qualified back-end registry services provider that shares a similar reputation and holds itself to the highest operational and ethical standards. The selected back-end registry service provider should be a “valued business partner” – an organisation that combines outstanding qualifications in service delivery with the ability to engage Public Interest Registry in a business relationship that seeks strategic and innovative approaches to enhance the capability and efficiency of service delivery.”
“Public Interest Registry is committed to conducting a fair and transparent procurement process focused on achieving a “best value” solution based on the requirements and the criteria set forth in the procurement process. Interested and qualified organisations are encouraged to submit their notification of intent to pursue this opportunity here by March 4, 2016. All respondents who meet Public Interest Registry’s qualifying criteria will receive additional information regarding the specifics of this procurement.”
About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a non-profit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain name system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society (www.internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.