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    IANA CENTR follows through on IANA
    posted by tbyfield on Thursday February 13 2003, @11:39AM

    CENTR, the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries, announced that it "has made a submission to United States Department of Commerce, concerning the issuance of a uncompetitively awarded purchase order on the operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)." The action follows up generally on CENTR's growing concern about ICANN's politicized handling of ccTLD data (background documents here) and, in partiular, on a letter from Nominet's Willie Black expressing interest -- and concern -- about the US Department of Commerce's recent announcement, through the non-obvious vehicle of the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to renew the contract with ICANN by "sole-sourcing" it.



    CENTR's letter (PDF here) ambiguously states that "the ccTLD registries are highly interested in the performance of" -- not necessarily in performing -- "the IANA function which is partly related to the ccTLD registries" (emphasis added). It elucidates:
    Based on the experience in recent years, the IANA working group at CENTR has put together recommendations for those who will perform the IANA function. We would also like draw your attention to the importance of a policy body for the IANA operations, which must be a trusted party for all involved stakeholders, designed to limit any potential abuse of its unique position.
    However, subsequent language affirms that, though the DoC has announced its intention to renew the IANA contract with ICANN, CENTR believes the issue of "future contracts between the US Government and the provider of the IANA ccTLD services" is -- or shouldn't be -- so settled. It also goes on to note, in pragmatic terms, that "the funding issue of the body who carries out the IANA function is not controversial as this function is not expensive."

     
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