[arin-ppml] ARIN and the Evolution of the IANA Functions
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On Friday 14 March, the United States Government announced that it
intends to transition oversight of key Internet functions (including the
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, or IANA) to the global
multi-stakeholder community. It has asked ICANN to facilitate, in
consultation with the global multi-stakeholder community, the
development of a proposal for the transition.
Leaders of the I* Internet technical coordination organizations had met
several times and in line with the Montevideo statement we had discussed
some common principles for an evolution such as the one announced by the
US Gov. Regular participants in those meeting, including their
affiliated organizations, are noted here:
As outcome of their discussion, a common position was developed on the
* The roles of all Internet registry policy bodies stay unchanged.
These bodies continue to hold policy authority for the protocol
parameter, number, and name spaces, including responsibility to ensure
the faithful registry implementation according to those policies.
* The IETF, IAB, and RIRs are committed to the role of ICANN as the
IANA protocol parameter and IP address registry operator.
* ICANN reaffirms its commitment to implement all IANA registry
functions in accordance with the respective policies. ICANN will also
provide affirmations to all stakeholders (including governments) that
all Internet registry policy bodies and ICANN itself will continue to
use open and transparent processes.
The full text summarizing these points is included at the end of this email.
Separately, ICANN released a timeline that details its expectations of
the multi-stakeholder consultation process. More information on these
plans will undoubtedly come out of the upcoming ICANN Meeting in
Singapore from 23-27 March. The timeline document is available here:
While this timeline focuses on ICANN meetings and events, it is clear
that this process will not take place only in ICANN venues. The five RIR
communities are key stakeholders in this process, and it is vital that
we discuss these issues both within our regional communities and
globally to ensure that our voices are heard and our concerns
recognized. The stable, accurate and professional management of the IANA
functions, including management of the global IP address pool, is
fundamental to the operation of the Internet. It is important that we
not lose sight of this fact as management of the IANA evolves to more
faithfully reflect the multi-stakeholder nature of the Internet community.
In the ARIN community, these discussions will take place via the
communication and discussion channels already in place, including the
upcoming ARIN 33 meeting in Chicago this April. ARIN will continue to
facilitate discussion and ensure that the output is effectively
channeled into the global process.
If you have any thoughts, comments or questions at this time, I
encourage you to raise them on ARIN's Public Policy mailing list,
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I look forward to receiving your input on the mailing list and to
further discussion at ARIN 33.
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
Agreed text by the Leaders of I* organizations:
In order to ensure global acceptance and affirmation of ICANN's role as
administrator of the IANA functions, we are now pursuing the transition
of USG's stewardship of the IANA functions from the USG to ICANN. The
roles of all Internet registry policy bodies (such as the RIRs, IAB,
IETF, ASO, ccNSO, ccTLD ROs, and gNSO) stay unchanged. These bodies
continue to hold policy authority for the protocol parameter, number,
and name spaces, including responsibility to ensure the faithful
registry implementation according to those policies.
This transition from the USG has been envisaged since the early days of
ICANN. It is now feasible due to the growing maturity of ICANN and other
organisations in the Internet ecosystem. ICANN's structures and
accountability mechanisms continue to evolve and advance guided by the
AoC community reviews, including ATRT. In addition, ICANN will continue
to embrace its aggressive roadmap to truly globalize its structures.
In order to operationalize the transition from USG, ICANN will engage
with the Internet community in a bottom-up public consultation process
to ensure appropriate accountability mechanisms. In addition, ICANN will
work with the names, numbers, and protocol communities to formalize
relationships, commitments, and mutual responsibilities.
When community stakeholders have input about the policies emanating from
the names, numbers, and protocol communities, they would be directed to
pursue their interests through the relevant Internet communities (such
as the gNSO, ccNSO, ccTLD ROs, ASO, IAB, IETF, or the RIRs) and their
mechanisms for consideration and potential redress.
The IETF, IAB, and RIRs are committed to open and transparent processes.
They also are committed to the role of ICANN as the IANA protocol
parameter and IP address registry operator. The accountability
mechanisms for ICANN's administration of these core internet functions
will provide escalation routes that assure the names, numbers, and
protocol communities that if IANA's performance is lacking, those
communities can pursue defined processes for improving performance,
including pre-agreed independent 3rd party arbitration processes.
ICANN reaffirms its commitment to implement all IANA registry functions
in accordance with the respective policies. ICANN will also provide
affirmations to all stakeholders (including governments) from all
Internet registry policy bodies and itself that all of us will use open
and transparent processes.
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