[discuss] NTIA role
sm+1net at elandsys.com
Wed Mar 26 15:06:30 UTC 2014
At 04:46 26-03-2014, Dominique Lacroix wrote:
>I think it's very important to know and understand the current
>organization before discussing a transition to a new one.
>At the moment, I saw only a simple table and a list of principles in
>pages 13 & 14
>of the very well done document entitled "IANA Accountability
>presentation" presented at Singapore.
>USG, supposed to be replaced, is only described by 4 occurences of the
>three letters "USG" in one accountability column.
>I suggest we need more.
>Please, some responses to the hereunder question?
> > As some remarked the statement was sometimes followed by fuzzy comments
> > and wonderful sandcastles,
> > is there any online document explaining precisely:
> > - the role played by NTIA in general terms,
> > - the concrete operations it includes?
> > The contracts describe precisely Icann and Verisign parts. But what
> > about the other side?
Quoting from ntia.doc.gov:
"Critical to the DNS is the continued performance of the Internet Assigned
Numbers Authority (IANA) functions."
"The IANA functions have historically included:
(1) the coordination of the assignment of technical Internet
(2) the administration of certain responsibilities associated
with Internet DNS
root zone management;
(3) the allocation of Internet numbering resources; and
(4) other services related to the management of the .ARPA and
"The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
the IANA functions, on behalf of the United States Government,
through a contract
There was some material from InternetNZ which attempts to explain the
Functions. It is possible to cross-check some of the information
provided to understand how things work at the moment.
The following text was quoted  by the NTIA over a year ago:
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and 5 minutes to ruin it.
If you think about that you will do things differently."
That could explain the role.
1. Attributed to Warren Buffet
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