/ Internet Foundation Austria

The Internet Foundation Austria is 100% owner of nic.at GmbH. The non-profit foundation (also: "Internet Privatstiftung Austria - IPA") supports projects and activities like the expansion, further propagation, and versatile use of the Internet in Austria.


Internet Foundation Austria (IPA)

The Internet Foundation Austria was established in 2000 by the ISPA, the Internet Service Providers Austria, and formally speaking, it is a non-profit Austrian foundation, i.e. Internet Privatstiftung Austria (IPA). The foundation's purpose is to promote the Internet in Austria and, particularly, to act as a trustee in order to take over the .at domain administration for the benefit of the general public. For this reason, the technical and administrative duties and responsibilities of domain administration have been assigned to its company “nic.at GmbH”. The Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) sees itself as an organisation dedicated to applying the proven principles of Internet organisation – i.e. private bottom-up self governance – to the administration of the top-level domain .at in a transparent and effective manner. Given its staffing and its development from ISPA, the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) is appropriately qualified to perform this task.

The Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) regards itself as the institutional representative of the Austrian and international Internet community. The .at domain administration operates in accordance with the Austrian legal system. Thus, the relationship between the domain holders and the registry is generally subject to the Austrian law. The foundation's funds originate from the domain administration revenues generated by nic.at.

Structure of IPA

Management Board

The Management Board of the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) manages the foundation's business operations. It is committed to the foundation's purpose, which is to promote the Internet in Austria, and particularly, to take charge of .at domain administration. The foundation is the owner of nic.at GmbH, which is why the foundation's Management Board also acts as the owner's representative.

Members of the Board:

  • Dipl.-Ing. Ernst Langmantel
  • Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Schildberger
  • Mag. Walter Mika

f.l.t.r.: Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Andreas Schildberger, Dipl.-Ing. Ernst Langmantel, Mag. Walter Mika

Supervisory Board

 The Supervisory Board of the Internet Foundation Austria is in charge of overseeing the activities of the Management Board and appoints members to the Domain Name Council. Two members are nominated by the ISPA, one by University of Vienna.

Members of the Supervisory Board:

  • Ing. Harald Kapper, kapper.net 
  • Dr. Natalie Ségur-Cabanac (Drei)
  • DI. Ulf Busch, Vienna University Computer Center

Domain Name Council

The Domain Name Council consults on fundamental name space policies and on the relationship between domain holders and the registry. Specifically, the Council decides delegation rules and is also responsible for having defined the principles of the arbitration office for .at domains. This arbitration office acts as a conciliation body to help resolve disputes between registrants and third parties.

Members of the Domain Name Council:

f.l.t.r.: Thomas Rickert, Christian Mock, Franz Schmidbauer, Kurt Reichinger, Sebastian Röthler, Eric Schätzlein. Not in this picture: Christian Singer

Sponsorship Council

In a separate sponsorship council, experts from various fields decide what projects are sponsored by the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA), according to transparent and objective principles. All members carry out their duties in a honorary capacity and independently of their main occupation. Sponsorships are granted e.g. via the platform www.netidee.at.

Members of the Sponsorship Council:

  • DI Petra Bußwald, co-CEO of www.akaryon.com
  • Dr. Stefan Köhler, Wien Energie
  • Sabine Fleischmann, freelance management consultant
  • Dr. Wolfgang Schwabl, Group Director Information Security & Emergency with Telekom Austria AG
  • Mag. Ritchie Pettauer, freelance online marketing expert and blogger
  • Dorly Holzer-Harringer, CEO Almendo Technologies

f.l.t.r.: DI Petra Bußwald, DI Ernst Langmantel, Mag. Maria Zesch, Dr. Stefan Köhler, Sabine Fleischmann, MBA, Mag. Ricthie Pettauer, Dr. Wolfgang Schwabl 

Other IPA companies

tldbox GmbH

tldbox GmbH provides its customers integrated support for all requirements: from the application process to the introduction of a generic top-level domain. The product "TLD Box" allows individual customer requirements to be met in modular fashion: from the classic registry system to integrated technical and administrative processing. In addition, tldbox GmbH is the registry for the top-level domain .versicherung.

tldbox Website

IPA sponsorships

IPA supports projects and activities like the expansion, further propagation, and versatile use of the Internet in Austria. The grant support focuses in particular on creating and ensuring new means of access. The organisation supports projects and activities by natural and legal persons that earn special merit for outstanding services for promoting the development of the Internet in Austria in accordance with the goals of the foundation. Since 2006, under the name "netidee.at", the Internet Foundation Austria (IPA) has issued calls for projects that are evaluated by an independent advisory group.

netidee Website