[arin-ppml] Fw: Accusationof fundamentalconflictofinterest/IPaddress policypitched directly to ICANN

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu May 5 11:53:42 EDT 2011

On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
> Your mind is clearly confused on multiple levels...
> ICANN does not predate RIRs. Both RIPE and APNIC, as does ARIN.
> ICAN was formed in October of 1998.
> APNIC was formed in 1992.
> RIPE NCC was formed in 1992
> ARIN was formed in 1993


Although your timeline is correct (APNIC, then RIPE, ARIN and finally
ICANN) you may be confused about some of the dates. ARIN, for example,
was incorporated in April 1997 and did not take on responsibility for
managing IP addresses until later that year. Although the experiment
that became APNIC started in 1992, it didn't take on anything
approaching full responsibility for the region's IP addresses until at
least 1995.

You are correct, however, that by the time ICANN was formed in 1998 it
was clearly understood that IANA was to be operated per the IETF RFCs
which placed the RIRs in the driver's seat. Mike would do well to
understand that neither ICANN nor DOC is empowered to act on
complaints other than about the RIRs' non-compliance with the RIR's
own policies or non-compliance with the relevant RFCs. The Depository
folks would do well to understand that too.

Bill Herrin

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