Last week the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal Team (CRISP team), released their final report to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG). The CRISP team was formed to create a unified transition plan for the RIRs for global stewardship of number resources.
This processes started in March 2014 with the US government announcing its intention to not renew its existing IANA functions contract. The USG called for the Internet community to create a plan to handle the stewardship functions that the USG currently performs. ICANN & the Internet community responded by eventually creating the ICG group to coordinate the response requested by the USG for a transition plan for the stewardship functions.
The RIRs eventually created mailing-lists to start the discussion from which several governance ideas were considered. The CRISP group was then modeled based on the existing NRO model to create a unified transition plan in response to the ICG’s request for proposals.
The final proposal calls for only minor changes to the current structure of IANA stewardship functions. Primarily, it calls for a new contract to be created between the RIRs and the IANA operator to replace the current US government contract (via the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)) with ICANN for the IANA functions. The response to the ICG does not call for a separate oversight organization and presumes that the current IANA operator, ICANN, will be contracted to fulfill the existing functions. The proposal also makes it clear that the RIRs are the contracting party in this relationship and should have the power to change the IANA number resource functions operator in the future if it deems this is necessary.
Still outstanding is the response from the most complicated area of governance, the names region. Its Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Related Functions is still working on its response to the ICG.