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    IP Numbers RIR's respond back to ICANN and outline their position
    posted by michael on Monday October 14 2002, @09:56AM

    Hendrik writes "The ongoing discussion between RIR's and ICANN has brought two new steps not yet covered by ICANN-watch. A published e-mail exchange with Vint Cerf, Alejandro Pissanty, Stuart Lynn with as last piece a RIR response of october 1st. As these additional critical remarks seemed to have induced a lot of people to view the RIR's as anti-ICANN, ARIN, APNIC, LACNIC and RIPE NCC have posted a joint RIR Blueprint for Evolution and Reform of Internet Address Management. It describes how they see the future evolution of address allocations and assignments on october 9th."

    Several highlights from the latest RIR contributions:

    From the rebuttal to ICANN's response:

    The third area of misunderstanding is that the ICANN response appears to take the view that there is some fundamental distinction between global and regional address allocation policies and that there is some fundamental alteration of constituencies when considering these two domains of policy.

    The RIRs have been careful to construct a policy development process that is open, accessible, transparent and fair.

    Policy is developed within venues that admit any interested party, regardless of membership status, and consensus is developed within this broader community as a necessary precursor to the adoption of RIR policy.

    The RIRs cannot accept the assertion that they are, by their very nature, not "suitably structured to receive, evaluate, and develop consensus positions on those address policies that truly take into account all interests affected by global concerns". Furthermore, the RIRs assert that far from being unsuited to the role, this precise function of hosting the open policy process for the broader address community has been an RIR role since the inception of the RIRs.

    Such assertions of unsuitability on the part of the RIRs, and an associated contrast to the assumed role of ICANN, have no foundation in experience. The attempts by ICANN to take up agendas relating to narrow sector interests in address policy have been abortive, and such matters have been ultimately resolved within the realm of the RIRs' open policy meetings.

    From the Blueprint:

    The RIRs wish to state that they have a great concern about the reform process itself. In some regard the RIRs view that this is probably of a greater concern than the substance of ICANN reform. To date this process has not followed the bottom up process that the RIRs have been using for years; in fact from the perspective of the RIRs it appears to be a non-participatory process.

    They propose in the blueprint to establish a global Number Resource Registry with secretariat rotating over the RIR's.

    It is proposed that the registry be operated by a distinct entity, termed here the Number Resource Registry. The proposed organizational structure of this entity, together with a description of the entity's operating procedures is included in this document as Attachment A.
    It is quite clear that the RIR's consider themselves as a better, more open and more transparant platform for policy development. And therefore they want to operate that function. It will be interesting to observe how this will be resolved.

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