[arin-ppml] ARIN-prop-133: No Volunteer Services on Behalf of Unaffiliated Address Blocks
On Feb 14, 2011, at 9:40 PM, John Curran wrote:
> When ARIN was created, on its first day of operation, it had only
> "legacy allocations".
> After the IANA function was contracted to ICANN by the US Dept of
> Commerce (the current contracting agency for these tasks), the RIRs
> and ICANN entered into an agreement whereby the RIRs would serve the
> function of of ICANN's Address Supporting Organization, responsible
> for "global number resource policy development".
Thanks for this feedback. I'm happy to report that my understanding of history is in-line with the events you have described.
However, I would be interested in your comments on the current relationship between ARIN and IANA/ICANN. Specifically, I gather that the NRO has proposed a framework that was only partially acknowledged by IANA, and that IANA has asked for a legal contract that has never materialized. Are there any actual commitments in-force? Does anything guarantee that ARIN will continue to have a role in IANA policy creation, or even recognition by IANA?
> In your proposal,
> you might consider some way to reconcile acknowledging ICANN/IANA's
> policy authority while not acknowledging the NRO/RIR policy authority
> without contradicting the RIRs serving under agreement as ICANN's
> policy body for Internet number resources. I believe that would
> significantly strengthen the policy proposal if that is your goal.
If I understand the root of your comment, it is that: IANA has delegated responsibility* for IP number policy to the NRO. Effectively this creates a circular dependency in which the IANA is comprised of the RIRs, and the RIRs are subject to IANA, etc.
Even if that is the case, I'm not sure I see how proposal 133 needs to be reconciled. IANA still has some authority as an institution, even if the IANA policy is formulated by the RIRs (via NRO/ASO), and the policy proposal recognizes that authority in determining legitimate address holders etc. Granted, we might compare the present situation to one asking themselves for permission... But I don't understand how this leads to your suggestion. Do I misunderstand, and/or can you clarify?
Thanks, and Cheers,
* - Who can blame ICANN for delegating IANA responsibility, when they're so busy creating TLDs? How can they possibly have time for IANA? But that is a different topic, I suppose...
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