Continued Operations Instrument (COI)
30 September 2015: Webinar on COI Amendment Service
- Adobe Connect: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/p5rf5etgk9f/
- Audio Recording: http://audio.icann.org/coi-amend-service-webinar-30sep15-en.mp3 [MP3, 4.29 MB]
- Webinar Presentation [PDF, 2.4 MB]
- 15 September 2015: ICANN Announces New Continued Operations Instrument Amendment Service
The purpose of the Continuing Operations Instrument (COI) is to ensure the availability of funds to provide continuity of service to registrants of new gTLDs should an issue with a registry arise. Per Specification 8 of the base Registry Agreement, registry operators shall have a Continued Operations Instrument that provides for sufficient financial resources to cover the five critical registry functions in Section 6 of Specification 10, for a determined time period as defined in Section 1 of Specification 8.
COI Amendment Service
The COI Amendment Service provides a method for registry operators to request permission from the ICANN organization to change the value of their COI funds to align with the domain registrations under management (DUMs) projections for the gTLD.
The ICANN organization will be ensuring sufficiency of COIs as set forth in the Registry Agreement. Should ICANN find a COI is insufficiently funded at any time after a gTLD has been delegated, the registry operator will be referred to the COI Amendment Service and asked to amend their COI within 60 days.
Registry operators should submit a request via a service case in the Naming Services portal. A registry must be in good standing with the ICANN organization and its registry must have been in General Availability/Registration (GA) for a minimum of six months prior to the request date in order to be eligible for a COI Amendment.