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    IANA Decides to Take Back **SPECTRUM** ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday December 15 2004, @01:19AM (#14576)
    IANA Decides to Take Back **SPECTRUM** ?

    Backed by CISCO, the IANA, that nameless, faceless
    wizard-of-oz-like persona behind the curtain,
    decides the numbers you used to use, are now
    their numbers and YOU have to defend your use
    [giving IPR rights to the ISOC of course].

    Will CISCO be doing the same with the .LAN TLD
    which is now programmed into millions of wireless
    access-point routers ?

    Will the Chair of the ISOC (employed by CISCO)
    and the Chair of the IETF (employed by CISCO)
    be making other demands ?


    A new RFC has just been issued, RFC 3942
    (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3942.txt): "Reclassifying DHCPv4 Options". The
    document is a product of the IETF DHC WG and expands the range of DHCPv4
    option numbers that are in the IETF/IANA assignable range. The expanded
    public range reduces the site-specific options range that was originally
    defined in RFC 2132..

                                                  Old ranges New ranges
    IETF/IANA assignable: 1-127 1-223
    Site-specific: 128-254 224-254

    So, why might you care about this?

    Many vendors have used "site-specific" options in the range 128-254 for
    vendor-specific purposes in shipping products. And, now that IANA can assign
    options numbers in the range 128-223 to future Internet Standard options, we
    need your assistance to prevent potential conflicts in the use of option
    codes in the newly expanded range.

    RFC 3942 has a mechanism whereby IANA will not assign any option codes in
    the newly expanded range, 128-223, for 6 months (this period will end in May
    2005). During this 6 month period, vendors using options in the 128-223
    range should come forward to let IANA and the DHC WG know of their use. IANA
    can be contacted at mailto:iana at iana.org and the IETF DHC WG can be
    contacted at mailto:dhcwg at ietf.org.

    The vendor will also need to write an Internet Draft documenting that usage
    and advance that draft to an RFC. The Internet Draft can either be written
    by the vendor or by the vendor providing the material for documenting their
    usage to Bernie Volz (mailto:volz at cisco.com) for inclusion in a general
    draft documenting several options.

    Once the Internet Draft has been published, it will be, at the vendor's
    discretion, published as an Informational RFC or entered into standards
    track for publication as an Internet Standard RFC.
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