Authority over IANA & IP #s was Re:

Dave Crocker dcrocker at
Sat Sep 23 15:11:31 UTC 1995

At 4:33 PM 9/22/95, Michael StJohns wrote:
>Please!  Take all of the above with a grain of salt - my general feeling is
>that the feds feel they are holding the numbers and namespace in trust for
>the community and really do have the internets best interests (e.g.

        Mike, the secrecy and lack of public review and consensus-building
that has accompanied recent DNS-related decisions by NSI do not look like
the handling of a public trust.  For that matter the nature of the
conflict-resolution rules and the nature of the charges imposed on new
domain names are fundamentally off the mark.  Purity in the minds of those
making the decisions and, for that matter, seriousness of immediate
financial and legal problems, do not make the current style or details of
these decisions acceptable.

        As I said earlier, in one of the various threads on this topic, NSF
(and of course ARPA) deserve much and great credit for the creation and
nurturing.  But I agree with the view that this is a public resource -- a
global resource -- and we need to treat it accordingly.  Control over these
resources needs to rest with a global Internet resource.

        The IANA is already integrated into the Internet structure.  What's
missing, of course, is non-governmental funding.  In general it does not
look as if the community is resisting imposition of fees, though it sure
would have been better for the details of the funding debate to take place
before imposition by fiat.  In any event, we need funding to be done via a
public agency, but not a  government agency.  Using U.S. constructs, a
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation acting as a public trust for
IANA/Internic/IETF/... funding would seem to make the most sense.  In
particular, the funding activity needs to be handled by an agency which is
independent of any particular administrator of Internet functions.


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