DoC will put IANA functions up for competitive bid
Date: Tuesday November 08 2005, @01:38PM
Topic: IANA

Meredith Attewell, NTIA Senior Advisor and Acting Associate Director for Telecom and Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, publicly stated that the IANA contract would be put up for competitive bidding when it expires in March. The comments came November 5 at the "Defend the Net" conference organized by the Association for Competitive Technology. Ms. Attewell did not discuss in detail the criteria that would be used to select bidders, but did acknowledge that ICANN's performance as IANA has come under criticism.

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A bid?
by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday November 08 2005, @04:43PM (#16440)
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Why in the world would anyone PAY to perform the IANA function?

There are three major parts of what IANA does.

The first is to provide a secretariat-like function for the IETF to handle the "IANA Considerations" sections of RFCs. For the most part this is largely clerical. However for some assignments the choices are sufficiently complex that some technical knowledge is useful. In really tough cases the RFC's are supposed to designate an IETF expert to do the hard work.

The second is to allocate blocks of IP addreses to the regional IP address registries. This job does require comprehension of what IP address allocation is all about - not a trivial matter - and what the policies (vague) are. (We are talking about huge blocks of IP addresses here, representing a kind of internet asset of significant value.)

The third is to chose who is the rightful operator of ccTLDs.

The first of these jobs rarely, if ever, generates controversy.

The second has a latent core of potential controversy but to date it has not actually happened. If we do get tighter on IPv4 addresses that may change.

The third is a function that mimics the job of governments recognizing one another - it is frought with peril.

None of these functions generates revenue.

The IETF really ought to be paying the costs for the first function and the RIRs for the second.

So, why would anyone pay the government to do this? Even a zero-dollar bid would mean that the winner is spending money to provide these functions.
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