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    Re: RIR MoU: ICANN's Bid for Independence from the
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday April 10 2002, @11:03AM (#5798)
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    I bet they're rockin' to Jim Morrison and the Doors...
    They got the names, but we got the numbers
    Gonna win, yeah, we're taking over.
    Too bad the ICANN Cams accessible via the left sidebar don't have audio. -g
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    Re: RIR MoU: ICANN's Bid for Independence from the
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday April 12 2002, @02:06AM (#5820)
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    I'm not sure. I think it depends where IP#'s "come from". It isn't clear to me that they "come from" the US government which (I think) is what your comment implies. I thought if they "came from" anywhere it was "IANA" -- but the contract isn't with "IANA", and thus won't follow "IANA" when that function is hived off from "ICANN" next year. At that point the RIR deal will become ICANN's chief revenue source. ICANN will claim that the deal with the RIR's legitmates it as the authoritative source of IP#s. The RIR's will go along, since under this deal they call the shots -- they are entrenched and ensure that there's no danger of competition, and there's no chance they'd get any better deal in any other regime. I don't think at that point the US government will have the guts or international support to dispute this, which is why I think it's now or never.

    Once there are huge numbers of IPv6 numbers to hand out, why not split the IP# block for a given region, give a fraction to each of N registries and let them each figure out their own allocation strategies? Because dirigisme is more comfy than competition?

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