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    IANA or ICANN
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday January 25 2004, @11:04PM (#12891)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    This article demonstrates a major problem - the lack of clarity regarding whether it is ICANN or IANA that is making these decisions.

    The "IANA Report" - http://www.iana.org/reports/ht-report-13jan04.htm - says quite clearly that "This report is being provided under the contract for performance of the IANA function between the United States Government and ICANN."

    That makes it clear that it is IANA that is making the decision, and that ICANN only "does IANA" because it has a contract from the US Dept of Commmerce - oops, let's be more precise - the US Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (a sub-agency of the US Dept of Commerce.)

    Yes, that deserves to be repeated - ICANN does IANA under contract to the US Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration!

    Is not the job of redelegating ccTLDs something very close to the job of recognizing what is and what is not a national sovereign?

    In the United States, that job is generally done by the US Department of State, not by private corporations, not the Department of Commerce, and certainly not by the Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.

    Might I suggest that we have here a system of ccTLD redelegations that involves level upon level of governmental and private agencies that operate not merely without authority but contrary to legal authority.
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    Re:IANA or ICANN
    by dmehus on Monday January 26 2004, @11:32AM (#12894)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    Excellent points, Karl. Something I've thought for awhile, why the heck is the NOAA in charge of contracting the IANA function? Also, it will be a year ago next month when the NOAA renewed ICANN's contract to operate IANA without an open and a competitive bidding process, even when the Internet Multicasting Service put forth a detailed expression of interest at operating IANA.

    It's just shameful.

    Cheers,
    Doug
    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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