[arin-ppml] Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-10: Inter-RIR M&A

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Mon Oct 14 17:19:12 EDT 2019

On 14 Oct 2019, at 10:49 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com<mailto:owen at delong.com>> wrote:

You have the control relationship backwards. IANA is a function performed by  PTI under a contract controlled by the NRO (Number Resource Organization). The NRO is the five RIRs and they tell ICANN how to perform the IANA function, not the other way around.

Owen is correct – one side effect of the “IANA Stewardship Transfer” activity was that the authority to administer the respective registry spaces (name, number, protocols) was made quite explicit and vested in affected community for each of these spaces via their respective representative bodies: IETF for protocol registries, the RIRs for the number registries, and the ICANN DNS community for the DNS root zone.

The fact that protocol and number registries are administered by ICANN (or its affiliate PTI) is because there are agreements for ICANN to perform these tasks under contract for the IETF and the NRO respectively; in the case of the number registries, this is the "Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the IANA Numbering Services”  <https://www.nro.net/internet-governance/iana/>


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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