The Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers (ISPCP) operate Internet backbone networks and/or provide access to Internet and related services to End Users. They are key players of the Internet and have an essential role in its stability and development. As a consequence, they contribute toward fulfilling the aims and goals of ICANN. Since the creation of ICANN, those players formed a constituency to bring their specific and unique expertise to ICANN.
The ISPs and Connectivity Providers Constituency forms an integral part of the generic Name Supporting Organization (GNSO) assigned, according to ICANN Bylaws, Article XX, Section 5, as a representative member of the Commercial Stakeholders Group (CSG) in the Non-Contracted Parties House. The role of the ISPCP Constituency goes beyond this GNSO participation: it takes an active part in many Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and Working Groups within ICANN’s diverse structure.
Among the numerous topics where they expressed the views of their community, one could mention:
- Universal Acceptance of new gTLDs
- New gTLDs and their impact on the network
- IANA transition, a milestone in the history of the Internet
- Whois policies
- IP addressing
- Institutional evolution of ICANN, notably the Affirmation of Commitments
To summarize, the Constituency ensures that the views of Internet Service Providers and Connectivity Providers contribute toward fulfilling the aims and goals of ICANN. The ISPCP actively participates in the work of ICANN to ensure that policy development guarantees and enhances the operational stability of the Internet and the needs and interests of ISP and connectivity providers. The Constituency also cares about safeguarding the interests and concerns of the ISP and connectivity industry. The Constituency fulfills its roles and responsibilities while adhering to the relevant ICANN bylaws and Operating Procedures.