History

The ICANN Address Supporting Organization (ASO) was formally established on 19 October 1999 when ICANN and the three existing Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) – APNIC, ARIN, and the RIPE NCC – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The RIRs had proposed the formation of the ASO on 23 July, 1999 in a letter to the ICANN Interim Chair. The creation of the ASO brought ICANN into the already existing and fully functional system of global policymaking for global address space issues that was already in existence among the RIRs. The RIR system predates ICANN.

Creation of the NRO

To provide a visible framework for cooperative joint activities, the four existing RIRs (APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, and the RIPE NCC) formed the Number Resource Organization (NRO) on 24 October 2003. On 21 October, 2004, the NRO and ICANN signed an MoU, replacing the previous MoU between ICANN and APNIC, ARIN and the RIPE NCC. This MoU established that the NRO fulfils the role, responsibilities, and functions of the ASO as defined within the ICANN Bylaws. Following its official recognition as an RIR, AFRINIC became the fifth member of the NRO on 27 April 2005 and signed the NRO – ICANN MoU shortly after.

Chronology and Notable Events

1999 The RIRs proposed the formation of the ASO in a 23 July 1999 letter to ICANN Interim Chair Esther Dyson.
1999 ICANN and the three existing RIRs – APNIC, ARIN, and the RIPE NCC – sign an MoU on 19 October 1999.
1999 Formation of the ASO based on MoU between ICANN and the three existing RIRs (APNIC, ARIN, RIPE NCC)
1999 ASO selects Pindar Wong, Ken Fockler and Rob Blokzijl to join the ICANN Board.
2000 ASO selects Dr Sang Hyon Kyong to join the ICANN Board.
2001 ASO selects Lyman Chapin to join the ICANN Board.
2001 ASO AC sends global policy proposal to ICANN Board for ratification.
2001 ICP-2: Criteria for Establishment of New Regional Internet Registries was accepted by the ICANN Board on 4 June 2001.
2002 LACNIC, the RIR for Latin America and the Caribbean is formally recognized by ICANN.
2003 ASO AC selects Mouhamet Diop to join the ICANN Board.
2003 The Number Resource Organization (NRO), the coordinating body for the RIRs, is created.
2004 New ASO MoU signed by ICANN and the NRO, replacing the 1999 MoU.
2005 ICANN starts the cycle of independent ICANN Supporting Organization (SO) Reviews.
2005 AFRINIC formally recognized by ICANN as the world’s fifth RIR.
2005 AFRINIC signs MoU to become fifth member of NRO.
2005 AFRINIC signs ASO MoU between ICANN and the NRO.
2005 ASO AC sends a global policy proposal to ICANN. Global Policy on IANA Allocation of IPv4 Address Space to the Regional Internet Registries was ratified by the ICANN Board on 8 April 2005.
2006 ASO AC sends global policy proposal to ICANN. Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Policy For Allocation of IPv6 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries was ratified by the ICANN Board on 7 September 2006.
2006 ASO selection David L. Wodelet joins the ICANN Board.
2007 ASO selection Raimundo Beca joins the ICANN Board.
2008 ASO AC sends global policy proposal to ICANN. Global IANA Policy for Allocation of ASN Blocks to RIRs was ratified by the ICANN Board on 31 July 2008.
2009 ASO AC selection Ray Plzak joins the ICANN Board.
2009 ASO AS sends global policy proposal to ICANN. Global Policy for the Allocation of Remaining IPv4 Address Space was ratified by the ICANN Board on 6 March 2009.
2009 ICANN Structural Improvements Committee (SIC) set up to review ICANN organizational review process.
2010 ASO AC sends global policy proposal to ICANN Board. Global IANA Policy for Allocation of ASN Blocks to RIRs was ratified by the ICANN Board on 22 July 2010. (This global policy obsoletes the 2008 Global Policy on the same topic.)
2011 ASO selection Kuo-Wei Wu joins the ICANN Board.
2012 ASO selection Ray Plzak is reelected to the ICANN Board.
2012 ASO AC sends global policy proposal to ICANN.  Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA was ratified by the ICANN Board on 6 May 2012.
2013 ASO AC selection Kuo-Wei Wu is reelected to the ICANN Board.
2015 ASO AC elects Ron da Silva to the ICANN Board.
2016 ASO AC elects Maemura Akinori to the ICANN Board.
2017 Independent Review of the ASO Published.
2017 Changes made to Section 9 of the ASO AC Procedures regarding selection of individuals to the ICANN Board of Directors.
2018 ASO AC re-elects Ron da Silva to the ICANN Board for a three year term in Seat 9.
2018 ASO AC changes quorum procedures for regular meetings.
2018 ASO AC Appoints Brajesh Jain to the 2019 ICANN Nominating Committee
2019 ASO AC re-elects Akinori Maemura to the ICANN Board for a three year term in Seat 10.
2019 Changes to the ASO AC Operating Procedures were made as per Recommendations #9 (section 4.4), #10 (section 4.2) and #15 (section 5.6) of the ASO Review 2017.
2019 ASO AC Appoints Pankaj Chaturvedi to the 2020 ICANN Nominating Committee.
2019 ASO AC monthly teleconferences opened to observers.
2019 ASO Review 2017 completed.
2019 ASO and ICANN sign revised MOU.
2019 In its capacity as a Decisional Participant in the ICANN Empowered Community, the NRO EC (acting as the ASO) agreed to support the Fundamental Bylaws Amendment to Article 18, Section 18.7(b) of the ICANN Bylaws.
2019 In its capacity as a Decisional Participant in the ICANN Empowered Community, the NRO EC (acting as the ASO) issued an inspection request to ICANN regarding the Internet Society’s proposed transfer of ownership of PIR, the .org registry, to Ethos Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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