The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is one of the supporting organizations affiliated with ICANN. The purpose of the ASO is to review and develop recommendations on Internet Protocol (IP) address policy and to advise the ICANN Board.
Under the ICANN Bylaws, all supporting organizations must conduct a periodic review of their operation. The Number Resource Organization (NRO) is responsible for conducting this review of the ASO and has granted the independent review of the ASO to ITEMS International, a consultancy firm specializing in strategic consulting in the areas of telecommunications and the Internet, who published its final report with their findings of the ASO review on 8 August 2017.
The report outlines 18 recommendations which the NRO has resolved to accept. The first 17 recommendations are well-defined and practical, and can be implemented by actions of the NRO Secretariat, or of the ASO Address Council (ASO AC), with respect to administrative procedures, documentation, or in some cases adjustments to agreements established by the ASO.
The 18th recommendation is that “The NRO should initiate a public consultation, involving the five RIR communities, to determine the future structure of the ASO.” The NRO Executive Council has decided to accept this final recommendation.
The purpose of the consultation was to review the structural implications of the issues identified in the ASO review conducted by ITEMS, including but not limited to:
- Any updates and adjustments identified as required for ASO-related documents
- Any procedural clarifications and adjustments identified
- Reported confusion of roles between ASO and NRO, and their components
- Perceived complexity of relationships among NRO, ASO and ICANN
- Relevance and cost to the RIRs of various ICANN engagement activities
The following aspects are outside the scope of this consultation:
- The Global Policy Development Process (GPDP)
- The role of the ASO AC with regards to the GPDP
The consultation consisted of information sessions, engagement at different levels, and two formal instances to receive the contributions from the community.
- Starting on 16 April, a mailing list was provided to encourage the discussion of the role and functions of the ASO.
- On 2 May, a plenary session was held within the framework of LACNIC 29 with a panel of noted speakers. Video
- On 7-26 May, an online consultation was conducted based on the results of the face-to-face consultation held during LACNIC 29 to allow community members to submit further contributions in an open and transparent manner.