Public Interest Registry Selects Afilias for Back-End Registry Services

RESTON, Va. (November 14, 2016)Public Interest Registry – the non-profit operator of the .org, .ngo, and .ong domains as well as four Internationalized Domain Names (.орг, .संगठन, .机构 and .组织机构) – today announced that it will enter into a new registry services agreement with Afilias as its back-end registry services provider. The selection follows a competitive procurement process through which Public Interest Registry evaluated more than 20 potential service providers representing 15 countries.

“We engaged in an objective, robust procurement process to select a provider that holds itself to the highest operational and ethical standards, and that combines outstanding qualifications with the ability to deliver strategic and innovative approaches,” said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry. “We are pleased to work with Afilias to continue to provide our users around the globe with secure and stable domain services. We thank all who participated in our procurement process for their significant efforts.”

Since its inception in 2003, Public Interest Registry has built a reputation as an exemplary organization focused on educating and enabling the global noncommercial community to use the internet more effectively. A qualified and strategic back-end service provider is critical to Public Interest Registry’s mission.

Afilias was selected as the best value solution based on the objective criteria and requirements set forth in Public Interest Registry’s procurement process. It is anticipated that Afilias will commence operations under the new contractual agreement on Jan. 1, 2018.

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 10.7 million domain names registered worldwide – and the newly launched .ngo and .ong domains and OnGood community website. Public Interest Registry also operates four Internationalized Domain Names (.орг, .संगठन, .机构 and

.组织机构) to support and encourage local language use of the Internet.  As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the internet, Public Interest Registry’s mission is to educate and enable 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.

Jessica Dunten