[arin-ppml] Accusation of fundamental conflict of interest/IPaddress policy pitched directly to ICANN

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Mon May 2 13:17:51 EDT 2011

On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM, Mike Burns <mike at nationwideinc.com> wrote:
> The authority flows down from the US Dept of Commerce. It doesn't go from
> there to the RIRs and back up to ICANN.


This is not accurate.

ICANN operates IANA under at least two contracts, one to the IETF and
one to the DOC. DOC provides the money. IETF provides the authority.


I could swear there are also contracts with the RIRs themselves which
spell out the RIR's responsibility to the IETF and the IANA's
responsibility to the RIRs but my google-fu is failing me.

Regardless, the source of authority does not derive from the DOC and
does not pass through ICANN on its way to the RIRs.

Bill Herrin

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