Public Interest Registry Enters the Final Phase in Organization’s Back-End Registry Services Procurement

RESTON, Va., July 25, 2016  — Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, today issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the management of its back-end registry services, concluding the Request for Information (RFI) phase of its procurement. Accordingly, all RFI participants — more than 20 in total, representing 15 countries — have been notified about their RFI submission status.

Completion of the RFP phase and subsequent contract award is targeted for the end of 2016. It is further anticipated that the selected service provider will commence operations under the new contractual agreement on January 1, 2018. Should a transition of back-end registry services be required to a new service provider, Public Interest Registry anticipates that such a transition would be concluded by mid to late 2017.

Since its inception in 2003, Public Interest Registry has built a reputation as being an exemplary organization focused on the empowerment of the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively. The organization 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 organization 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. Additionally, Public Interest Registry is equally focused on protecting the proprietary and confidential nature of its operations, as well as those of all organizations participating in the back-end registry services procurement process. Public Interest Registry does not anticipate making further details regarding the procurement process or the identity of participating organizations available to the public.

About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit organization that operates the .org top-level domain — the world’s third largest “generic” top-level domain with more than 10.5 million domain names registered worldwide – and the newly launched .ngo and .ong domains and OnGood community website. 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 naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society (internetsociety.org) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

Karyn Barr / Lindsay Hyman
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