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    US Requests Info From Folks Who'd Like to Be IANA
    posted by michael on Thursday February 23 2006, @04:51AM

    This is a potentially major development: the US Government has issued a notice asking for input from folks who'd like to take over the IANA function from ICANN. It's not yet an RFP, just a preliminary step, so much remains before anything happens. It's fun, though, to speculate as to who may want this role: the EU? the ITU? the IAB/IETF? Verisign?

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    Why does the IETF get free clerical services?
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday February 23 2006, @06:03AM (#16620)
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    Most of the work described by this RFI is performed in support of the IETF. (Also, most of the work described is clerical.)

    The IETF is not the only standards or engineering body that is involved with the internet. So I have to ask, as I have asked for years, how come NTIA has a warm spot in its heart for the IETF but not the W3C or the IEEE or any of the other bodies that have helped define the internet and who, unlike the IETF, pay their own clerical costs rather than having them gifted via the US government?

    NTIA ought to be picking up the tab for either *all* of these engineering and standards bodies or for *none* of them.
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    US Requests Info From Folks Who'd Like to Be IANA
    by joppenheimer on Thursday February 23 2006, @09:32AM (#16621)
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    A. Amid all the noise about the ICANN-Verisign agreeement price hikes etc. is the little-noticed provision at the end of the document, to "establish a timetable for the completion of the transition to ICANN of the coordination and management of the ARPA TLD, and the root zone system in particular to enable ICANN to edit, sign and publish the root zone and ARPA zones..."*

    B. Perhaps its coincidental that the US ENUM Trials are currently rolling out.

    But A and B are not difficult contractual and revenue dots to connect - ICB Toll Free News [icbtollfreenews.com] has been projecting this outcome for many years.

    So if and when this NTIA Request for Information becomes a Request for Proposals, it could include management of .ARPA.

    Pure Speculation 1 - Neustar may claim a natural fit, where others see an obvious conflict of interest.

    Pure Speculation 2 - Could there be plans to spin off management of ARPA to the ENUM CC1 LLC? It has been inventing itself, at least in part, on the ICANN business model, and any mention of being beholden to ICANN draws gasps of disbelief and horror.


    *To be complete, the document has been redlined to say "technical" coordination and management, and due to a letter from the IAB, now includes language assuring the IAB of its "guiding role" in the administration of the ARPA zone. But the document as originally written, makes its intentions clear. IMHO.
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