Why the Post-Transition IANA should be a nonprofit public benefit corporation

The comment period for the names proposal developed by the Cross-community Working Group (CWG) on IANA stewardship transition will conclude in a few days.  The CWG has resolved the internal-external debate with a middle ground, a Post-Transition IANA (PTI) that is a legally separate affiliate of ICANN that would manage...

ICANN wants an IANA functions monopoly – will it wreck the transition process to get it?

At the ARIN meeting April 14, I was stunned by a presentation made by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team. The CRISP team is composed of representatives drawn from the five regional Internet address registries. Everyone thought the process of developing an acceptable IANA transition proposal for numbers...

The design flaw in current Internet governance arrangements

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) released an important document this month. It deserves more attention than it is getting because its message bears directly on the IANA transition. The document, “Principles for the Operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Registries,” has entered the IETF record as RFC 7500....

The economic case for vertical separation of IANA

As we have detailed elsewhere, in developing an IANA transition proposal the names community working group (CWG) settled into two camps, the internalists and the externalists.  A brief recap: The “externalists” proposed a model which largely reflected the current arrangement between NTIA and ICANN. It proposed replacing the NTIA with...

Questions the US Congress should ask in its IANA transition hearing

On February 25 the Senate Commerce committee will be holding hearings related to ICANN. For Congress, the hearings will be a progress report on the IANA transition and the ICANN accountability process. Testimony will come from the Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, and business lobbyist...