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Announcement | Letter of Intent by ICANN and the NRO

2 April 2004

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Number Resource Organization (NRO) are pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent concerning a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations.

The ASO's responsibilities include the coordination of global policy development for IP address allocation in conjunction with the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), APNIC (Asia and Pacific), ARIN (North America), RIPE NCC (Europe and the Middle-East), LACNIC (Latin America and the Caribbean), and AfriNIC (observer/future RIR).

The ASO and ICANN's two other supporting organizations, the GNSO (Generic Names Supporting Organization) and ccNSO (Country Code Names Supporting Organization), along with ICANN's advisory committees, form the core of ICANN's open, transparent, and inclusive system for the coordination and development of technical policy for the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers.

Final approval of the MoU by ICANN and the RIRs is contingent upon public comment periods to be administered by each of the parties. Comments can be submitted to ICANN by sending an email to <aso-mou-comments@icann.org>. The archive of comments is available at <http://forum.icann.org/lists/aso-mou-comments/>.