[arin-announce] Updated Third Draft SLA for IANA Numbering Services - Call for Comments

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30 October 2015


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

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 published on 1 May 2015 and opened for
public comments until 14 June 2015. The first draft of the SLA is
available at:

A second draft of the SLA was published on 6 August 2015 and opened for
public comments until 31 August 2015. The second draft of the SLA is
available at:

Third Draft SLA

As a result of the public consultation of the second draft of the SLA, a
third draft of the SLA has been produced and is available at:

For the sake of clarity, you can find a track changes version of SLAv3
against the second draft at:

Additionally, a document with the comments received during the
consultation period and the legal team responses is available at:

In accordance with comments received from ICANN on 28 August 2015 during
the public comment period for the second draft of the SLA, the RIRs now
call for ICANN to provide its comments on SLAv3 in a public and
transparent manner either through comments on the global IANA XFER
mailing list (ianaxfer at nro.net) and/or open meetings between the RIRs
and ICANN with capability for community members to observe.

We invite ICANN and its legal team to provide any such comments by 30
November, 2015 at 23:59 UTC in order to stay in line with the current
timelines for successful and timely transition of the IANA Numbering
Services. Subscription to the mailing list is open and available at:

About the Third Draft SLA

The draft SLA has been developed by a team consisting of individuals
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 SLAv3 is the
result of consideration of public comments received during the public
comment period on the second draft SLA as well as informational meetings
with ICANN staff regarding the operational provisions of the SLA. It
remains written in such a way 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 SLA 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.

The 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

The RIRs thank the community for its thoughtful comments and now publish
this SLAv3 in the interest of transparency and keeping the community
apprised of progress being made on the SLA. We are now in the
negotiation phase with ICANN as IANA Numbering Services Operator which
we intend to be an open process. During this final period wherein the
RIRs invite ICANN to publicly comment and confer with the RIRs on SLAv3,
our goal is to arrive at an SLA draft that is mutually acceptable to the
RIRs and ICANN, is consistent with the SLA principles found within the
Internet Number Community proposal, and is in a form that is ready for

After 30 November, 2015, the RIRs intend to publish the final mutually
acceptable draft SLA as one of the key elements for implementation of
the Internet Numbers Community proposal and transition of the IANA
Numbering Services.

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