Call for Comments for a Draft SLA for the IANA Numbering Services



Open until: 14 June 2015, 23:59 UTC

On 15 January, 2015, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team submitted the Internet Number Community Proposal to the request for proposals issued by the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG).

One of the key elements of the Internet Number Community proposal is to replace the current NTIA IANA agreement with a new contract, a Service Level Agreement (SLA), between the IANA Numbering Services Operator and the five RIRs.

A first draft of the SLA has been produced and available at The content of this draft is NOT the result of negotiations with ICANN or any other parties, and it has not yet been reviewed by the CRISP team.

All interested parties are now encouraged to review and comment on this first-draft proposal; including members of the RIRs, ICANN, and their communities; members of the CRISP Team and the ICG; and any other organisations and individuals.

This call for public comments will remain open until 14 June, 2015 at 23:59 UTC.  Comments can be submitted by any interested party to the mailing list. Subscription to this list is open and available at:

About the draft SLA

The draft SLA has been developed by a team of legal experts from different RIRs. It responds to the principles included in the Internet Number Community proposal and is based on the already existing provisions of the NTIA IANA agreement. It is written in such a way so that it can be signed as part of the implementation of the IANA transition when this occurs or before, without pre-judging the outcome of the ICG coordinated proposal.

The draft includes legally important provisions, such as those that regulate the five RIRs acting together and being responsible collectively before ICANN. It includes background and definitions.

This draft SLA also includes explanatory footnotes that reference the source of each article according to the Internet Number Community proposal principles or the NTIA IANA agreement.

Next Steps

Discussions about the development of the SLA have occurred in the RIR meetings: APNIC 39 (2-6 March, 2015) and ARIN 35 (12-15 April, 2015). The draft SLA will be discussed in the upcoming RIR meetings: RIPE 70 (11-15 May, 2015), LACNIC 23 (18-22 May, 2015) and AFRINIC 22 (3-5 June, 2015).

Results of this discussion will be documented in the NRO website at

During the public comment period, the CRISP team is encouraged to review the draft SLA and its consistency with the principles of the Internet Number Community proposal.
All comments received by 14 June, 2015, will be processed by the legal team of the RIRs and, when appropriate, included in a final draft of the SLA which will be published before the next ICANN 53 meeting (21-25 June, 2015). The legal team will be requested by the NRO EC to explain their processing of each community comment into the final draft.

Last modified on 27/10/2015