The Official Party Line from the IANA via ICANN is|
that the root-server IP blocks are owned by IANA
and ICANN has a contract with the U.S. Government
to manage the IANA function.
also, the contents of the root-servers also
belongs to the IANA.
In the ICANN circles, some of the root-server
operators are viewed as immature jerks and the
first chance they get, they will be replaced.
As ICANN expands and cozies up to groups like
the ITU, root-server operations will be relocated
to serious facilities operated by serious
The ISOC and ICANN are rapidly distancing
themselves from socially mis-fit geeks,
especially now that the tens of millions of
dollars in .ORG taxes are flowing to the
players. They can now fund A-list party-goers
from LA, New York, D.C. and Paris. Shopping
on Rodeo Drive is now a field trip for the
ICANN "staff" and visitors. CompUSA and Fryes
are not the place to "make the scene".