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USG announces it will let IANA contract expire

The US government, via the NTIA, issued an update that it intends to let the IANA contract expire at the end of September, which allows the IANA transition process to complete.

Update on the IANA Transition (copy)

Obama Administration to Privatize Internet Governance on Oct. 1

In the case of IP numbers, this will allow the new contract (SLA) between the RIRs and ICANN to be effective, such that ICANN will now manage the IANA number resource functions for the RIRs under contract from the RIRs rather than the USG.

There are of course those who still opine about the risks associated with this transition, but my personal opinion is that if the Internet is to continue to be open and inclusive, it has to not have a single string tied to the US government.  That might not appease everyone who is a strong supporter of the US and USG, but if that single string remains, it only seeks to bifurcate the Internet into national nets for those countries which disagree in some manner with the US.

RIRs sign new service level agreement with ICANN

On June 29th, 2016, the RIRs collectively signed the service level agreement (SLA) that has been negotiated with ICANN for the IANA services.  This SLA or contract was negotiated as part of the number community’s portion of the IANA transition away from a US government contact with ICANN.

The IETF defines the Internet protocols and parameters, and in doing so delegates a portion of the number resources (IPv4, IPV6 & ASNs) used in those protocols to the RIRs for management.

The final step in the transition, from the numbering community’s perspective,  is for the US government to allow the contact for the IANA services with ICANN to expire, sometime before Oct 1, 2017.  Once the transition is completed, the RIRs will have a contract as a group with ICANN to provide the top-level coordination of the IPv4, IPv6, and ASN IP number resources.

ICANN and Regional Internet Registries Sign SLA for the IANA Numbering Services

 

ARIN’s IPv4 wait-list already almost a /12

ARIN announced a new report (Waiting List for Unmet Requests) on its website showing its waiting list for IPv4 address space.  As of Aug 24, 2015, the list has already grown to almost a /12 worth of IPv4 address space in just 7 weeks since the first organization was put on the list July 1st, 2015.  Today, there are 56 organizations with requests on the wait list.  The average size is about a /19, with the largest request(s) being a /16.

While some of these requests will be filled with space from the IANA recovered address pool, some requests will not be met with the next allocation.  IANA is slated to issue its next block of addresses to each RIR on September 1st, 2015.  According to the published code IANA will issue a /14 equivalent to each of the RIRs.

Waiting List for Unmet Requests (snapshot – 20150824)

IANA Stewardship Transition

NRO logoLast 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.

The IETF IANA Plan working group has also finished its proposal to the ICG with regard to Internet protocol identifiers which are also currently managed by the IANA under the same ICANN contract.

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.

Response to the ICG RFP on the IANA from the Internet Number Community (Copy)

Response to the ICG RFP on the IANA protocol parameters registries  (Copy)

A report from LACNIC 22

logoI recently had the opportunity to represent ARIN Advisory Council at the LACNIC & LACNOG meeting in Santiago, Chile.  It was a well attended meeting with almost 400 attendees from 32 countries including 24 from the Latin American region. The main topics of the LACNIC meeting included a discussion about the IANA transition that was instituted by the US Government and there was some interesting content about the infrastructure development in the region including exchange points and submarine connections.

A few notes from the meeting… Continue reading