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The Address Supporting Organization

ASO LogoThe purpose of the ASO is to review and develop recommendations on IP address policy and to advise the ICANN Board on these matters.

History

In July 1999, the three existing Regional Internet Registries (APNIC, ARIN, and the RIPE NCC) submitted a proposal to form the ASO on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). ICANN accepted this proposal on 26 August 1999.

The ASO was subsequently formed on 19 October 1999 when the MoU was signed by representatives of the RIRs and of ICANN during the ARIN Open Policy Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Upon recognition as the fourth RIR, LACNIC signed the MoU on 30 October 2002. The fifth RIR, AfriNIC, joined the ASO in April 2005.

A new MoU between ICANN and the Number Resource Organization, on behalf of the Regional Internet Registries, was signed on 21 October 2004 at ARIN XIV in Reston, Virginia.

The Regional Internet Registries and their communities took an active role in the discussions that led to the establishment of the ASO. Many of these discussions are detailed in the news archive below. Additionally, a mailing list was set up for discussing the formation of the ASO

The ASO Address Council (AC)

Each of the Regional Internet Registries appoints three members of the ASO Address Council (AC). Two members are selected by the regional policy forum of each of the RIRs and one member is appointed from the Executive Board of each RIR.

The purpose of the AC is to oversee recommendations on IP address policy. This includes the management of policy development activities. The other major aspect of the role is the appointment of directors to two seats on the ICANN Board of Directors.

Under the terms of the MoU signed between the ICANN and the RIRs in October 2004, the NRO Number Council now performs the role of the ASO AC.

 

Further Information

ASO News

Wilfried Woeber Selected to Take Seat on NRO Number Council
ASO AC Elections: Hans Petter Holen Elected
ASO AC Selects Raimundo Beca to Serve New Term on ICANN Board
Fourth ICANN ASO General Assembly Meeting

Fourth ICANN ASO General Assembly Meeting

Memorandum of Understanding ICANN Address Supporting Organization

Memorandum of Understanding ICANN Address Supporting Organization

Memorandum of Understanding ICANN Address Supporting Organization

Memorandum of Understanding ICANN Address Supporting Organization

Proposal for an MOU-based Address Supporting Organization within ICANN

Proposal for an MOU-based Address Supporting Organization within ICANN

Cover letter to ICANN interim board

Cover letter to ICANN interim board

Regional Internet Registries Announce Proposal for an ICANN Address Supporting Organisation (ASO)

Regional Internet Registries Announce Proposal for an ICANN Address Supporting Organisation (ASO)

Draft cover letter to ICANN Interim Board

Draft cover letter to ICANN Interim Board