Assignment: Material Subcontracting Arrangement
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A Material Subcontracting Arrangement is defined as any subcontracting arrangement that relates to any Critical Function (as identified in Specification 10, Section 6 of the Registry Agreement) for the TLD.
A change to a Material Subcontracting Arrangement refers to a change to any Back-End Registry Operator (also known as a back-end service provider or a Registry Service Provider), which is defined by the Registry Transition Process as an organization contracted by a Registry Operator to run one or more of the Critical Functions of a gTLD registry and includes service providers such as DNS providers. For the purposes of this webpage and the How-to Guide provided below, any provider of one or more of the Critical Functions of a gTLD (as defined in the Registry Agreement) will be referred to as a Registry Service Provider.
If a Registry Operator is contemplating both a Change of Control AND a Material Subcontracting Arrangement, the Registry Operator should begin working with ICANN early on, and prior to completing their transaction. Note, only the currently contracted Registry Operator may formally request a change to a Material Subcontracting Arrangement. However, both the existing and proposed Registry Operators are strongly encouraged to work collaboratively with ICANN to process the assignments.
- Download How-to Guide for Submitting an Assignment: Material Subcontracting Arrangement [PDF, 550 KB]
If the proposed provider is not currently operating one or more new gTLD registries, the registry would need to provide responses to the following questions when submitting their request: Material Subcontracting Arrangement - Technical Questions [PDF, 440 KB].
Note that when evaluating a Material Subcontracting Arrangement: Change of Registry Service Provider, ICANN may refer the proposed Registry Service Provider to a Technical Evaluation Panel. Additionally, Registry System Testing may be required. Registry Operator would be responsible for fees incurred.