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Request for Proposal: ICANN Designated Agent for Registrar Data Escrow Services

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") is seeking to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow (RDE) agent(s) suitable to provide RDE services to accredited registrars.

In 2007, the ICANN organization began implementing an RDE program that required accredited registrars to regularly deposit a back-up copy of gTLD registration data with the ICANN organization, through its arrangement with ICANN organization's designated Registrar Data Escrow agent, or alternatively, an ICANN-approved RDE agent pursuant to the terms of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) and the Registrar Data Escrow Specification.

Since the program launched, the industry has grown. Regulations have changed and, in turn, needs have evolved. Registrars are located throughout the world; thus, the ICANN organization will be considering RDE agents with the capability to offer broad global or multiregional support.

The objective of this request for proposal (RFP) is to identify one or more additional ICANN-designated Registrar Data Escrow agent(s) suitable to support the ICANN organization and its accredited registrars in their selection of designated agents across the ICANN organization regions.

For a complete overview of the RFP including the timeline, please see here [PDF, 225 KB].

Indications of interest should be emailed to Proposals should be electronically submitted by 23:59 UTC on 06 Oct 2017 using ICANN's sourcing tool. Access to the ICANN organization sourcing tool may be requested via the same email (

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