Allocation of IP Addresses

Gordon Cook gcook at
Fri Mar 15 01:20:27 UTC 1996

Just a small quibble David:  when you say "the IANA" decided, it gives 
the impression that an august group of people like the IESG took action.  
In reality "the IANA" is but a SINGLE person - John Postel.  If some 
people are upset I suspect it might be because the power to make such a 
decision is vested in the hands of ONE person rather than in a group.

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On Fri, 15 Mar 1996, David R. Conrad wrote:

> It would appear a clarification is necesssary:
> >>>The @Home allocation was done outside of normal registry procedures by
> >>>the IANA directly.  InterNIC should not be held responsible for that
> >>>case.
> >Which confirms that the rules are not well established nor consistently applied.
> Any very large or unusual request must go outside normal registry
> procedures (e.g., slow start).  @Home is such a case.  They made their
> case directly to the IANA as InterNIC is not authorized to allocate
> very large or unusual requests directly.  The IANA authorized the
> allocation based on the merits of the request (whatever they might
> be).  None of the registries can allocate very large or unusual
> requests directly.  This rule is quite well established and
> consistently applied.
> Regards,
> -drc

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