A Comment on Policy For Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries
I have the following concerns: 1. We know from RFC 2050 that Internet address space is distributed with certain goals in mind, one of which is conservation. The document under consideration, while describing a policy governing the allocation of IPv4 address space from the IANA to the Regional Internet Registries, fails to detail policies necessary to ensure conservation -- necessary policies such as those pertaining to the recovery of unused address space do not appear in this document, nor is it anywhere posited that the IANA has the requisite authority to recover resources that have already been allocated. As such, the document should be returned to the originating body for further work. 2. Re: "If IANA does not have elements that clearly question the Regional Internet Registry's projection, the special needs projected for the following 18 months, indicated in Item A above, shall be considered valid." At issue is the protocol to govern special needs situations when the IANA does have elements that clearly question the RIR's projection. Who is authorized to rule on the matter? Will it be the IANA or the IAB (from whom the IANA may seek advice) or in such instance must the wishes of the RIR be respected? Is perhaps the issue elevated to ICANN? The document fails to clarify the roles of the respective parties to a sufficient degree. Ambiguity in a global policy document does not serve the Internet community well and as such this document should be returned to the originating body for further clarification prior to adoption. 3. Transparency -- it is not clear whether submitted "justifications" of special needs are to be handled as an internal administrative matter (which will not be made public) or whether the requirements of transparency also apply to the IANA. ICANN should clarify whether, under the terms of its bylaws, the IANA is deemed a constituent body that is subject to those transparency requirements cited in the ICANN bylaws. --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Small Business - Try our new resources site!