Number Resource Organization: Number Resource Organization Supports Decision to End Collaboration
Ebene, Mauritius,, Jun 23, 2009 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
The Number Resource Organization (NRO), formed by the world's five Regional Internet Registries, today expresses its support to end the collaboration agreement between the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the US Department of Commerce. The NRO also makes recommendations for the management of the Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure its future stability.
The DNS is currently managed by ICANN and the US Department of Commerce under an agreement set to expire on 30th September 09. The NRO recommends that stability, competition, bottom-up coordination and representation remain the guiding principles for the governance of ICANN after this agreement expires.
Adiel Akplogan, NRO Chairman, comments: "The continuing development of the Internet is due to the well-established principles of bottom-up industry self-regulation. An industry-driven, multi-stakeholder approach is more flexible than government-based processes, and as a result able to adapt rapidly to meet the changing needs of the Internet and its users.
"We believe that the principles that have guided the management of the DNS until now will enable the growth and development of the Internet in the future too, and advise that US Government involvement in ICANN is no longer necessary."
Industry-wide collaboration between the technical community, supporting organisations, national governments and law enforcement agencies helps ensure an open and transparent policy development process and management of Internet number resources. This approach, as implemented in the ICANN framework, promotes access, diversity, openness and security as well as community-based management of critical Internet resources.
The NRO calls on the US Government to end its collaboration agreement with ICANN on its 30th September 09 expiry date, and to consider the NRO's comments when deciding on how to transition the technical coordination and management of the DNS.
Notes to Editors
About the Number Resource Organization (NRO)
The NRO exists to protect the pool of unallocated Internet numbers (IP addresses and AS numbers) and serves as a coordinating mechanism for the five RIRs to act collectively on matters relating to the interests of RIRs. For further information, visit www.nro.net.
About the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)
Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are independent, not-for-profit membership organisations that support the infrastructure of the Internet through technical coordination. There are five RIRs in the world today. Currently, the Internet Assigned Numbers Association (IANA) allocates blocks of IP addresses and ASNs, known collectively as Internet number resources, to the RIRs, who then distribute them to their members within their own specific service regions. RIR members include Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunications organisations, large corporations, governments, academic institutions, and industry stakeholders, including end users.
The RIR model of open, transparent participation has proven successful at responding to the rapidly changing Internet environment. Each RIR holds one to two open meetings per year, as well as facilitating online discussion by the community, to allow the open exchange of ideas from the technical community, the business sector, civil society, and government regulators.
The five RIRs are:
AfriNIC, http://www.afrinic.net - Africaregion
APNIC, http://www.apnic.net - Asiaand Pacific region
ARIN, http://www.arin.net - Canada, many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States
 AfriNIC, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, RIPE NCC
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