The management of the LB ccTLD Registry was delegated in 1993 by IANA to Lebdor. Since then the Lebanese Domain Registry (Lebdor) is managed as a close country registry and offers its services free of charge to the
Lebanese Internet community at large.
Later, the delegation of the management of ccTLD Registries was done under RFC 1591 guidelines published by IANA in 1994 followed in
1999 by ICP-1: Internet Domain Name System Structure and Delegation. Lebdor operates under these guidelines complemented by the
CENTR best practice guidelines for ccTLD Managers. For that purpose Lebdor developed, documented and published a set of localized
policies and procedures fully compliant with the Lebanese legal framework.
Lebdor closely follows established Internet principles such as:
- Bottom-up authority (the Internet consists of cooperative networks);
- Consensus (requirement for self-regulation);
- Transparency (requirement for self-regulation);
- Cooperation based on trust and fairness (requirement for bottom-up authority);
Priority of Lebanese jurisdiction over the recommendations of ICANN, WIPO, etc. (requirement for sovereignty).
Also in close cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce Lebdor establish a registration process aligned with the Lebanese regulatory requirements
while preserving independence and neutrality.
Under these best practices guidelines a ccTLD Manager's authority comes from serving the Local Internet Community and from the unremitting affirmation by the Local Internet Community of that authority. The Local Internet Community, including governmental and other authorities, has a responsibility to support and protect the ccTLD Registry, and to assist the ccTLD Manager in serving the community.
Furthermore, a ccTLD Manager is entrusted with the management of a ccTLD Registry, and has no interest in the intellectual or other property rights in domain names. A ccTLD Manager should be equitable and fair to all eligible registrants that request domain names, should be competent and respond to requests in a timely manner, and should operate the database with accuracy, robustness, and resilience.
The authority of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as a "private, not-for-profit corporation responsible for coordinating specific DNS functions for the benefit of the Internet as a whole" is accepted and supported by ccTLD registries. It is, however, felt necessary to stress the fact that the Internet community of a given territory (if applicable including the responsible governmental bodies of the territory) and local jurisdiction within the territory may be given priority over any recommendations issued by ICANN.