How to Guides
The ICANN organization has numerous resources available to assist registry operators with the various processes for notifying ICANN of updates made to approved registry services, some of which are referenced below. Please visit this page for updates to such resources:
- Assignment: Material Subcontracting Arrangement (MSA) - 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.
- Assignment: Registry Operator Change of Control - A direct or indirect change of control of a registry operator is one type of assignment identified in the Registry Agreement. This can involve a change in the registry operator or a change in the person or entity controlling the registry operator.
- Continued Operations Instrument (COI) Amendment Service - The COI ensures sufficient financial resources are in place to support the continued operation of the critical registry functions related to the TLD. Per Specification 8 of the base Registry Agreement, registry operators shall have a COI 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.
- Registry Operator Name Change - If a registry operator changes the name of their organization, and it is not the result of a change of control, the registry operator will need to notify the ICANN organization of the change using the Registry Operator Name Change service.
- Registry Service Evaluation Process (RSEP) - The RSEP is the ICANN organization’s process for evaluating proposed gTLD registry services or contractual modifications for security, stability or competition issues.