[ppml] ARIN Policy Proposal 2002-9 (fwd)

Jim Fleming JimFleming at ameritech.net
Wed Oct 2 23:02:15 EDT 2002

Message----- Original Message ----- 
From: John M. Brown 
I don't believe ICANN owns the space.  The IANA is charged with management
of the space on a global basis.  
April 28, 2000

Mr. Louis Touton
Vice-President, Secretary, and General Counsel
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Re: Purchase Order No. 40SBNT067020:
Administration of the ARPA Top Level Domain

Dear Mr. Touton:

As noted in your organization's quotation of February 2, 2000, the ARPA
Top Level Domain (TLD) exists in the root zone of the domain name
system as a limited use domain currently consisting of one record, in-
addrARPA. On April 14, 2000, the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA), formerly known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency
(ARPA), officially signaled its disassociation with the ARPA domain and
its understanding the domain would be used by the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names (ICANN) and Numbers and the Internet Architecture
Board (IAB) for additional Internet infrastructure uses.

In keeping with the DARPA understanding, we believe that the ARPA
domain should be made available for this specific, limited purpose.
The Department of Commerce considers this an Internet Assigned Numbers
Authority (IANA) function and has requested that the WHOIS entry for
the ARPA domain reflect IANA as the registrant.

Purchase Order No. 40SBNT067020 provides that "[ICANN] will perform
other IANA functions as needed upon request of DOC." As such, the
Department of Commerce requests that, as part of the IANA functions,
ICANN undertake administration of the ARPA TLD in cooperation with the
Internet technical community under the guidance of the IAB, as a
limited use domain for Internet infrastructure applications, including
the migration of Internet infrastructure applications that currently
reside in the .int TLD. Further, as indicated by DARPA, the ARPA TLD
string should be given a different expansion such as "Address and
Routing Parameter Area" to avoid any implication that DARPA has
operational responsibility for the domain.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Karen Rose
Purchase Order Technical Representative

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