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NTIA: Should the IANA Stewardship Transition be "unwound?"

On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 11:25 AM, Brian Kantor <Brian at ampr.org> wrote:
> The US NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration)
> has published an inquiry as to whether its transfer of stewardship of
> IANA to ICANN in 2016 should be "unwound."  They are requesting comments
> from interested parties to be sent to them by early July.
> Quoting _The Register_:
> "The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert
> its control of the internet's administrative functions, effectively
> reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago."
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/05/us_government_icann_iana/

"should Uncle Sam regain ultimate control of IANA â?? the ICANN
department that oversees the planet's domain-name system, IP address
allocation, and network protocol number assignments?"

IANA is the Internet Assigned NUMBERS Authority. AFAIK, it does not
have stewardship over the domain-name system.

ICANN also does domains but not the IANA part. NTIA seems confused
about this too: the notice describes privatization of the DNS
happening in 2016.

William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>