NRO Number Council


The Number Resource Organization (NRO) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed in October 2003, called for the creation of a Number Council. The MoU reads, in part:

“The NRO Number Council shall be responsible for the provision of advice to the Executive Council concerning the ratification of proposed global IP number resource allocation policies.

“The NRO Number Council shall act as a point of consultation to external entities on proposed global IP number resource policies, addressing questions that may be raised concerning such policy proposals, maintaining a dialogue with the entity and the RIRs concerning these proposals as required.

“The NRO Number Council shall develop procedures in an accessible, open, transparent and documented manner for conducting business in support of their responsibilities and submit these procedures to the Executive Council for approval.”

In October 2004, the NRO and ICANN signed the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) MoU, which dictated that the NRO Number Council fulfill the role of ICANN’s ASO Address Council (ASO AC). The ASO AC, consisting of members appointed or elected to the NRO Number Council, will continue to function as a role of ICANN as required in ICANN’s Bylaws.

Address Supporting Organization (ASO)

ASO Formation and Function

The Address Supporting Organization (ASO) is one of three Supporting Organizations called for in the ICANN Bylaws to be “formed through community consensus.” The purpose of the ASO is to review and develop recommendations on IP address policy and to advise the ICANN Board on these matters.

In July 1999, the three currently existing Regional Internet Registries (APNIC, ARIN, and RIPE NCC) submitted a proposal to form the ASO on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding. ICANN accepted this proposal on 26 August 1999.

The ASO was subsequently formed on 19 October 1999, when the MoU was signed by representatives of the RIRs and ICANN, during the ARIN IV Public Policy Meeting in Denver. LACNIC and AFRINIC also signed the ASO MoU upon their recognition as RIRs.

Each Regional Internet Registry (RIR) has three members on the Number Council.

Read the Election Guidelines for more information on how NRO NC members are nominated and elected or appointed.


The ASO AC conducts monthly teleconferences that are open to observers. These calls are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting schedule and further details are available on the ASO website.

Current Members of the NRO NC from the ARIN Region

Kevin Blumberg

kblumberg at thewire dot ca

Kevin has been the co-owner and CTO of The Wire Inc. in Toronto, Canada since 1999. He currently sits on the Board of the Toronto Internet Exchange as well as on the NANOG Program Committee. His past involvements included being on the Board and Executive of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc. from 2010 until 2016. He served on the ARIN Advisory Council from 2012 until his appointment to the NRO Number Council in August 2016, and he served as Advisory Council Vice-Chair in 2015 and 2016. He’d been reappointed for a one year term for 2017, and Kevin’s current three-year appointment continues through 31 Decemember 2020.

Louie Lee

louie at louie dot net

Louie has occupied leading positions in network operations since 1995. As the Google Fiber Numbers Administrator, he is assisting in the buildout of a national ISP to bring broadband to the home. Prior to his current employment, Louie built the Internet Exchanges at Equinix (where he spent 15 years), and operated Netcom On-Line Communications’ network (later ICG Communications) for several years before that.

He has been active in the ARIN community since 2000. His service on the Address Council of the ICANN Address Supporting Organization began in 2004. During his 2nd term in 2008, he was elected to be Chair of the ASO AC – a position that he has held through 2016. And during his time as Chair on the AC, he also served on the first ICANN Accountability and Transparency Review Team in 2010.

Louie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis. His plans to enter into the health sciences field were permanently interrupted by his hobby-turned-career.

Louie was elected for a sixth three-year term ending 31 December 2021.

Jason Schiller

jschiller at google dot com

Jason is a Network Imagineer in the Production Network Engineering group at Google. Jason’s current role includes architecting, designing, evaluating, qualifying, and supporting networks for Google’s global production backbone. Jason also serves as Google’s Chief Numberista managing Internet Number resources.

Jason continues to be active in the ARIN and NANOG communities with particular interest in IPv4 exhaustion, IPv6 adoption, routing table growth, and the lack of a scalable solution for multi-homing and inter-AS traffic engineering.

Jason received two degrees from The American University, one in International Studies and Philosophy, and the other in Environmental Studies.

Jason was elected for a third three-year term ending 31 December 2019.