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[ih] Some Questions over IPv4 Ownership

On Oct 11, 2010, at 8:05 PM, Randy Bush wrote:

>> I would be very interested in reading documentation establishing
>> this chain.
>>> There was a chain of responsibility that was handed down from DARPA /
>>> DODNIC / IANA / RIRs, by agreement between the USG and the Internet
>>> stakeholder community.
> don't hold your breath waiting for it.  wishful thinking from someone
> who wasn't there.

Randy was there, and is correct ** if by "chain of responsibility" you're 
looking for a proscriptive delegation of authority along those precise 
lines from DARPA to the RIRs of the present day **

I believe that there is a "chain of responsibility", if you accept
either Jon Postel's actual actions in this area or if you would prefer 
a series of USG cooperative agreements which state where IP address
administration is to be performed.

For example, the InterNIC registration services cooperative agreement 
(NCR-9218742) provide for the transition of IP address assignments 
from DISA NIC to NSI: <http://www.icann.org/en/nsi/coopagmt-01jan93.htm>  
The 06 and 07 amendments to NCR-9218742 in 1997 transfers responsibility 
for these IP Number assignment and related tasks to ARIN.


John Curran
President and CEO