[arin-ppml] Legacy Space authority

Randy Bush randy at psg.com
Fri May 2 16:28:53 EDT 2008

Brian Johnson wrote:
> Before ARIN was allocating IP space, who was doing it. Was it ICANN? If
> so, can't ICANN delegate their authority to the RIRs to handle these
> allocations?

the end user view:

 o first, dr. jon postel did both names and numbers informally

 o then he did them under government contract to isi and it became
   the iana

 o then sri nic did them under government contract, mostly done by ann
   westine [cooper]

 o then it was rebid, and saic won it and it became network solutions,
   mark and scott in a basement with a 56kb line.  they quickly learned
   about scaling. :)  this became verisign/netsol.

 o then the numbers were broken out and given to the rirs operating
   under the iana, one at a time as they were formed.  arin was formed
   in '97.

 o it remains a simple hierarchy today, iana, rirs, isps/lirs, end sites
   today, with some tensions, some anomalies (see 'nir'), and a lot of
   bs.  it is monitored by people in suits riding in black helicopters,
   and mailing list trolls.  the former are not known to eat.  do not
   feed the latter.


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