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    Re: RIR MoU: ICANN's Bid for Independence from the
    by Anonymous on Monday April 15 2002, @08:29AM (#5852)
    I did not mean to imply that IP numbers "come from" the U.S. and I really don't think it matters whether they come from the IANA, the U.S. or the random mumblings of a crazy man wandering the streets of El Segundo (so long as they're unique, point to an appropriate source and are accurately catalogued-- because otherwise the whole Internet's in trouble).

    My only point was that the whole thing will probably boil down to realpolitik and I don't doubt for a minute that the U.S. has the stones to declare (if even by fiat) that any IP numbers handed out by ICANN after it has been de-recognized by DoC are void and that, thereafter, all authorized IP numbers must be obtained through a new Newco.

    Further, I don't think it'll ever come to a unilateral declaration by the U.S., because I don't think the EU or Japan is in any greater hurry than the U.S. to see the influence of national governments over the institution handing out IP numbers disappear overnight.

    Bottom line, if the RIRs get uppity and throw their lot in with ICANN, they risk being replaced (what would happen, e.g., if VeriSign stopped obtaining blocks of IP numbers for new websites from the RIRs?). If the RIRs relent to the U.S., on the other hand, they have basically no downside. They maintain the status quo.

    Maybe the RIRs can gain some leverage with DoC or the next Newco by waving this red herring around, but they'd be stupid to cast their lot with ICANN and I can't fathom that they would.

    In sum, I respectfully disagree. I do appreciate your response, however.

    Keep up the good work...

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