History

Naukowa i Akademicka Sieć Komputerowa (NASK), a national research institute, maintains the registry of the country code domain, enabling registration of .pl domain names as well as a series of functional and regional domains. Registration is effected through registrars enrolled to the Partner Programme established by NASK in December 2002.

In 2003 NASK, as one of the first registries, provided a fully automatic registry system, based on a modified Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP).

In July 2013 NASK took over the service of .gov.pl domain from the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (Polish Academy of Sciences). Registration of .gov.pl domain names is available only to entitled entities and effected directly by NASK.

NASK is an active member of CENTR (Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries), closely cooperates with the organization coordinating the operation of the Internet worldwide, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO), associating county code registries within ICANN.

Timeline of milestones in the history of the .pl registry

1990

  • July

    establishment of .pl ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain)

1991

  • April

    first operating domains: fuw.edu.pl, astrouw.edu.pl, camk.edu.pl, uw.edu.pl, iiuj.edu.pl, uj.edu.pl, cyf-kr.edu.pl

1992

  • January

    entrusting the NASK Coordination Team, operating at the Warsaw University, with the service of .pl domain

1993

  • December

    establishment of NASK as a research and development unit, NASK takes over all obligations of the Coordination Team

1996

  • January

    introduction of single payments for domain registration and maintenance

1999

  • January

    introduction of annual payments for administrative and technical service of domain names

2000

  • December

    implementation of an electronic system of reservation and registration of .pl domain names

2002

  • December

    establishment of Partner Programme

2003

  • January

    establishment of the first arbitration court in Poland, settling disputes on .pl domain names, at the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications

  • March

    launching of Registry – the system of automatic registration and service of .pl domain names with the application of EPP

  • September

    introduction of registration of domain names with national signs, IDN (NASK is the first registry in Europe and one of the first in the World to implement this solution)

2004

  • March

    certification of compliance with ISO 9001 standard (NASK is the first registry to be certified with this standard)

  • June

    introduction of WLS (Waiting List Service) - option for registration of a .pl domain name

2008

  • January

    implementation of dynamic zone update (every 15 minutes)

  • May

    one million .pl domain names, commencement of publishing the list of domain names deleted from DNS

2009

  • September

    launching of a pre-paid settlement model in the Registry system

2011

  • January

    two million .pl domain names

  • December

    provision of domain names secured with DNSSEC

2012

  • June

    providing the registrants of .pl domain names with the facility of securing their zones with the DNSSEC protocol

2013

  • July

    takeover of the service of .gov.pl domain from the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (Polish Academy of Sciences)

2014

  • June

    provision of .gov.pl domain secured with the DNSSEC protocol

2015

  • June

    cessation of .pl domain names registration directly at NASK

2016

  • December

    cessation of direct service of registrants of .pl domain names

2017

  • March

    100% of registrants of .pl domain names are serviced in the registry-registrar model

  • November

    certification of compliance with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 standard, received by NASK for the information security management system. The certificate also covers the processes handled in the .pl domain registry.

2018

  • July

    new website www.dns.pl