[IANAOversight] Questions to help us set a fromework for ourproposal

Richard Hill rhill at hill-a.ch
Wed Oct 29 09:33:24 UTC 2014

Thanks for this.

I show below the responses that I submitted to ARIN, and which are shown in
the summary published by ARIN at:



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> [mailto:ianaoversight-bounces at afrinic.net]On Behalf Of Adiel Akplogan
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> Subject: [IANAOversight] Questions to help us set a fromework for
> ourproposal
> ————————————————[Questions]————————————————
> AFRINIC is seeking agreement (or otherwise) on the following
> points regarding an AFRINIC community position on the future
> oversight of the IANA functions.
> ———
> 1. Do you agree that the following should be the primary
> priorities for the AFRINIC community?
> ———
> 1.1 There should be minimal operational change – the current
> processes for IANA operation and related policy-making are
> effective and allow for the participation of all interested parties.

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 would
in effect mean that the RIRs would be supervising those functions.  Since
the RIRs are responsible to their members, this would mean that the members
of the RIRs would be supervising thos functions.

> 1.2 Any new oversight mechanism should incorporate and build on
> the existing RIR community policy-making processes.
> 1.3 The RIR communities are ultimately accountable for the
> management of those IANA functions relating to management of the
> global Internet number resource pools, and this should be
> reflected in any new oversight mechanisms defined in a global
> proposal to NTIA.
> 1.4 Any other aspect that should be our priority while thinking
> about this?

See response to 1.1 above.
> ——
> 2. Do you agree that a model for IANA oversight supported by the
> AFRINIC community should include the following elements?
> —-
> 2.1 ICANN has historically managed operation of the IANA
> functions well, and should continue to do so at this time.

The list of top-level assignments (/8) published at IANA.ORG has not always
been up to date.  For example 016/8 has is still shown as being allocated to
Digital Equipment Corporation.   But DEC was acquired by Compaq and Compaq
was acquired by HP, so in fact that block is now allocated to HP.  The ARIN
WHOIS shows this correctly.

> 2.2 The IANA functions operator must be answerable and
> accountable to the communities that it serves. Decisions
> regarding terms of service or duration and renewal of the
> contract should be made by specifically delegated representatives
> of those communities.

See response to 1.1 above.

> 2.3 Funding arrangements to cover the staff, equipment and other
> operational costs associated with operation of the IANA functions
> should be transparent and stable.2.4 Efforts should be made to
> maintain the IANA functions as a “bundle”, managed by a single operator.
> 2.5 This does not necessarily imply a single, central point of
> oversight authority – any oversight mechanism should reflect the
> legitimate authority of different communities for specific
> functions as they relate to number resources, domain names and
> protocol parameters.

See response to 1.1 above.

> 2.6 Any other element(s) that you think should be taken into
> consideration here?
> ————————————————[End of Questions]————————————————
> As Awe will be the last closing the loop of regional consultation
> in this process, we won’t have much time after the panel at
> AFRINIC-21 to consult everyone so we imperatively need to collect
> as much input into this process now. Maybe these questions will help?
> - a.

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