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    US Requests Info From Folks Who'd Like to Be IANA
    by joppenheimer on Thursday February 23 2006, @10:32AM (#16621)
    User #5 Info | http://JudithOppenheimer.com
    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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    Re:US Requests Info From Folks Who'd Like to Be IA
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday February 23 2006, @01:17PM (#16622)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I am not aware that there is any name under .arpa other than "in-addr". Moreover, in-addr.arpa are delegated as an atomic pair from the root zone, quite unlike a typical TLD delegation.

    As for the contents of in-addr.arpa - this needs to track IP address allocations fairly closely and thus is far more intertwined with the operation of the RIRs than with ICANN (ICANN having for all intents and purposes abandoned matters of IP address administration to the RIRs.)

    As for ENUM - so far the actual community of people who use VOIP are giving ENUM the big yawn.
    It is far more likely that VOIP will evolve to use names that more resemble e-mail addresses and text/IM handles than geographic phone numbers.
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