The purpose of the ASO is to review and develop recommendations on Internet Protocol (IP) address policy and to advise the ICANN Board. The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is one of the supporting organisations that the ICANN Bylaws say should be “formed through community consensus”.

ASO Address Council Responsibilities

The 2004 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NRO and ICANN directs the ASO Address Council (AC) to do the following:

  • Undertake a role in the Global Policy Development Process as described in the ASO MoU.
  • Provide recommendations to the Board of ICANN concerning the recognition of new RIRs according to agreed requirements and policies as currently described in ICANN Internet Coordination Policy 2 (ICP-2).
  • Define procedures for selection of individuals to serve on other ICANN bodies, in particular on the ICANN Board, and implement any roles assigned to the ASO AC in such procedures.
  • Provide advice to the Board of ICANN on number resource allocation policy, in conjunction with the RIRs.
  • Develop procedures for conducting business in support of their responsibilities, in particular for the appointment of an Address Council Chair and definition of the Chair’s responsibilities. The ASO MoU requires all such procedures to be submitted to the EC of the NRO for approval.

The ASO does not develop policy relating to Internet number resources but rather ensures that the Policy Development Process has been correctly followed in each RIR region. Global policies are defined in the ASO MoU as “Internet number resource policies that have the agreement of all RIRs according to their policy development processes and ICANN, and require specific actions or outcomes on the part of IANA or any other external ICANN-related body in order to be implemented”.