[arin-ppml] ARIN Prop 314 - Clean up of NRMP section 2.17

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Sun Jul 17 14:11:05 EDT 2022

IANA is not Internet Assigned Names and Numbers.

Further, there is no guarantee that ICANN/PTI will always hold the IANA functions contract.

IANA is a function, not an entity. The IANA function (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) is the root level registry for internet number resources, including IP addresses (v4/v6/future?), Autonomous System Numbers, Protocol Numbers, Port Numbers, Community Numbers, etc. The IANA delegates the management of portions of the IP address space and groups of Autonomous System Numbers to the Regional Internet Registries. So far, there are no delegated registrations for the other Internet Number Resources.

I think, however, that a new section of NRPM is not necessary for this. As Bill correctly points out, the definition is already in NRPM above section 2. If you want to create a handy reference, then perhaps move the existing description from the base section into a new section 2.17, but let’s try to preserve an ICANN independent way of describing the IANA.


> On Jul 14, 2022, at 10:14 , William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 14, 2022 at 7:57 AM WOOD Alison * DAS
> <Alison.WOOD at das.oregon.gov> wrote:
>> Problem Statement:
>> Although the term “IANA” appears throughout Section 10 of the NRPM, there is no reference to any definition of the term. This proposal defines the term with reference to appropriate ICANN documentation.
> Hi Alison,
> Base section 2 (just prior to section 2.1) explains that IANA is the
> Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. If you want to expand that, I'd
> repeat the core sentence from the ICANN document in addition to
> referring to it: "IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, is an
> administrative function of the Internet that keeps track of IP
> addresses, domain names, and protocol parameter identifiers that are
> used by Internet standards."
> Although I'm not sure the ICANN document is accurate... I hadn't heard
> of IANA having anything to do with domain names.
> Regards,
> Bill Herrin
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