The Number Resource Organisation (NRO) has established a joint RIR Stability Fund to help ensure reliable operation of the Internet’s IP address management system globally. This fund will be available to assist in the event of unforeseen disruptions or emergencies affecting the stability of one or more of the Regional Internet address Registries.
Each RIR has each pledged an amount to the Fund, that will remain within its own financial reserves unless called upon. The total amount pledged to the fund, at current exchange rates, is over $2.1 million US dollars.
This initiative is an important precautionary measure that will ensure the stability of the RIR system, and is not linked to any current events. Situations where the fund might be used include natural disasters, military conflict or serious financial distress. The fund is intended to safeguard the core registry and policy support functions of the RIRs, and other areas would generally not qualify for support. Any use of the fund will be overseen transparently by the NRO, and subject to strict financial controls.
Details about the background and administration of the Joint RIR Stability Fund