The last third: Why the IANA transition for names is hard

It is asserted that ICANN was “purpose-built” to operate the IANA functions. This is only partly true. ICANN's original design, in which the IANA functions were a central aspect, was abandoned very quickly between 1999 and 2002. ICANN‘s first bylaws tried to create three Supporting Organizations, one for domains (DNSO),...

A tale of two processes

When the NTIA made its announcement to end its historic role overseeing the IANA functions, ICANN was eager to fulfill its assigned convener role. It initiated two concurrent processes, one for developing an IANA functions transition proposal (or, as ICANN prefers to frame it, its "stewardship transition") and another on enhancing ICANN accountability....

US Congress weighs in on IANA transition

Washington D.C. is abuzz with activity concerning NTIA's IANA transition announcement. Last week saw a hearing with the House Energy & Commerce Committee and a discussion at the Hudson Institute, this week brings another hearing with the Judiciary Committee as well as a NetCaucus briefing. So far, three bills have been proposed.  The first is H.R....

Structural separation: A key principle of IANA globalization

Last Friday’s Department of Commerce announcement means that the process of globalizing the governance of the DNS root zone has officially begun. Almost immediately, ICANN began spinning the NTIA announcement to re-scope what is actually up for debate. Not surprisingly, the spin goes in a direction calculated to subtly strengthen...

A roadmap for globalizing IANA

Today IGP releases an innovative proposal to resolve the 15-year controversy over the United States government’s special relationship to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The proposal, which involves removing root zone management functions from ICANN and creating an independent and neutral private sector consortium to take...

RIPE gets it right again

Last week, we covered the RIPE community's passing of ripe-604, focused on removing ex ante needs analysis from market transfers of IPv4 addresses.  In yet another sign of a liberalization, RIPE nearly simultaneously passed policy ripe-605, which opens to door to legacy holders in order to maintain accurate registration records. Importantly, ripe-605...