8 January 2008

NRO and ICANN Reaffirm Commitment to Relationship

In December 2007, the Number Resource Organization (NRO) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) exchanged letters reaffirming their commitment to formalizing the legal relationship between the two organizations. The NRO letter, jointly-signed by the executives of the five Regional Internet Registries, stated the NRO’s commitment to supporting ICANN, sought ICANN’s acknowledgement of certain aspects of the role of the NRO, and committed to a deadline of one (1) year for formalizing the legal arrangements between the two organizations.

In the letter sent by ICANN to the NRO, Dr. Paul Twomey, President/CEO of ICANN, identified ICANN’s commitments to the NRO and re-acknowledged the roles of the Address Supporting Organization (ASO), the NRO, and the RIRs as described in the ASO Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Dr. Twomey also committed ICANN to working with the NRO to finalize the legal arrangements between the two organizations within the one year timeframe.

The NRO thanks Dr. Twomey and ICANN for its commitment to bringing this process to a close in the coming year and looks forward to working together for the benefit of all concerned and the continued stability of management and allocation of Internet Number Resources.

The two letters are available at the following URLs:

December 2007 Letter from NRO to ICANN
December 2007 ICANN Letter to NRO

Regards,

Raymond A. Plzak
on behalf of the Executive Council
Number Resource Organization

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