[Iana-transition] What form of supervision is needed?

Richard Hill rhill at hill-a.ch
Thu Oct 16 13:27:44 EDT 2014

Dear John

I agree with your comments below. 

Best Richard

On October 16, 2014 7:06:17 PM CEST, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:
>On Oct 16, 2014, at 9:30 AM, Richard Hill <rhill at hill-a.ch> wrote:
>> As far as I can tell, ICANN properly speaking does the following
>things with
>> respect to IP addresses:
>> 1. Approves the creation of new RIRs
>> 2. Ratifies the policies approved by the RIRs
>> And, through the IANA function, it does the following:
>> 3. Allocates top-level IP address blocks to the RIRs
>> 4. Publishes those allocations on its web site
>> One could envisage transferring all those functions to the NRO, which
>> in effect mean that the RIRs would be supervising those functions. 
>> the RIRs are responsible to their members, that would mean that the
>> of the RIRs would be supervising those functions.
>Richard -
>This is certainly possible, but it is worth noting that the NRO is a 
>rather lightweight coordination function among the RIRs, allowing the 
>RIRs to coordinate on matters such as "whether we'll have an joint RIR 
>trade show booth at a given international conference", "can we work on 
>one informational brochure on IPv4 runout/IPv6 rather than having
>"can we have a single joint number resource statistics report", etc.  
>In these cases, each RIR is fulfilling each existing mission and
>plans, only coordinating with other RIRs to do so in a more efficient
>consistent manner.  Ultimately, each RIR acts under its own authority
>matters which are primarily outreach and operational in nature.
>Expanding the NRO to take on the functions listed could be done, but
>represent a fairly substantial change in the level of responsibility,
>may need to be accompanied by both organizational changes (e.g.
>incorporating the NRO) and accountability changes (e.g. more than
>to the RIR executive directors, as it is at present.)
>If this approach were to be promoted, it would be good to have ample 
>discussion on this list first, including the aspects noted above.
>John Curran
>President and CEO

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