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

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On 15 January, 2015, the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team submitted the Internet Numbers 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 was produced on 1 May 2015 and opened for public comments until 14 June 14 2015.  Discussions about the development of the SLA have occurred in all RIR meetings at: APNIC 39 (2-6 March 2015), ARIN 35 (12-15 April 2015), RIPE 70 (11-15 May 2015), LACNIC 23 (18-22 May 2015) and AFRINIC 22 (3-5 June 2015).

Results of this discussion are documented in the NRO website.

Second draft SLA

As a result of the public consultation of the first draft of the SLA and the RIR meeting discussions, a second draft of the SLA has been produced.

For the sake of clarity, a version with annotated changes has also been made available.

You can also read a document with the comments received during the consultation period and the legal team responses.

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

This call for public comments will remain open until 31 August 2015 at 23:59 (UTC). Comments can be submitted by any interested party to the ianaxfer@nro.net mailing list. You can subscribe to this open list.

About the second 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. The content of this draft is NOT the result of negotiations with ICANN or any other parties. 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

During this final 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.
ICANN in particular is encouraged to review the draft in detail, and to submit any and all final comments during this period.

All comments received by the deadline will be processed by the legal team of the RIRs and, as appropriate, included in a further and final draft of the SLA which will be presented to ICANN as the proposed final SLA. It is hoped that this document will be agreed by ICANN without further changes.

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