Apparent gap: who will discuss the transition of the root zone maintenance?
I refer to the charter of the Cross Community Working Group (CWG), posted at: http://gnso.icann.org/en/drafts/iana-stewardship-naming-function-charter-14a ug14-en.pdf Page 3 of that charter says: "The issue of who performs the Root Zone Maintainer (RZM) role is not in scope for the CWG and should be dealt with in a subsequent effort as needed." As far as I know, neither of the other two operational communities has included that issue in the charter of their respective groups dealing with the IANA transition. So there appears to be a gap, in that apparently no group is chartered to deal with that issue. Yet that issue is a key issue because, at present, the US government (1) has a contract with Verisign for operation of the authoritative root zone server and (2) approves all changes to the root zone file. Presumably a transition of the stewardship of those functions is included in the IANA transition, so the issue of who performs the Root Zone Maintainer (RZM) should be an integral part of the transition plan that will be presented to NTIA. I would therefore invite the ICG to consider how to fill what appears to be a gap at present. Sincerely, Richard Hill