ACSP Consultation: ICG RFP Response Process [Archived]


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Posted: Wednesday, 01 October 2014

As a part of the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) system, the ARIN community has been called to contribute to the ongoing global multistakeholder discussion on the IANA Stewardship Transition. The feedback from the ARIN community will be part of the contribution provided by the Number Resource Organization (NRO) to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) in response to their recent “Request for Proposals (RFP) for IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal.”

We would like to know how you believe ARIN should be facilitating this dialog, and propose the following process for developing the response from the ARIN region:

  • Discussion in the ARIN community will take place during ARIN 34 and through a mailing list consultation from 13 October to 27 October.
  • ARIN will conduct a community survey and publish the results to aid in the discussion. The survey will be open for one week, 13 - 20 October, and those results will be posted by 24 October 2014.
  • After the initial community discussion ends on 27 October, the ARIN staff will produce a draft summary document by 3 November for community review. The document will note consensus positions and any significant points where consensus could not be achieved.
  • After community review, a final document (including any material comments from the review) will be sent to the Number Resource Organization for compilation into a single RIR community input to the ICG.

In this community consultation, ARIN seeks your input on the following questions:

  1. Is the process outlined above for response development in the ARIN region sufficient or are any changes needed?
  2. Do we need a dedicated mailing list in the ARIN region for conducting the community discussion on this topic, or does an existing ARIN list such as arin-consult, arin-discuss, or PPML suffice? If a new list is created for this purpose, should it be prepopulated with subscribers from another list?
  3. ARIN intends to conduct a community survey from October 13 to October 20th to aid in development of a response - please review the three draft survey questions (below) and provide any suggestions or comments for improvement.

Please provide comments on the above points to You can subscribe to this mailing list at:

Discussion of the process and these points will occur on mailing list through 10 October 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact us at


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Draft ICG Response Survey Questions:

Survey Question 1 – Do you agree that the following are the primary priorities for the ARIN community?

  • There should be minimal operational change – the current processes for IANA operation and related policy-making are effective and allow for the participation of all interested parties.

  • Any new oversight mechanism should incorporate and build on the existing RIR community, policy-making processes.

  • The RIR communities are ultimately accountable for the management of those IANA functions relating to management of the global Internet number resource pools, and this should be reflected in any new oversight mechanisms.

Survey Question 2 – Do you agree that a model for IANA oversight endorsed by the ARIN community should include the following elements?

  • ICANN has historically managed operation of the IANA functions well, and should continue to do so at this time.
  • The IANA functions operator must be answerable and accountable to the communities that it serves. The number resource community is represented in such accountability processes by the membership-based Regional Internet Registry organizations.
  • Funding arrangements to cover the staff, equipment and other operational costs associated with operation of the IANA functions should be transparent and stable.
  • Efforts should be made to maintain the IANA functions as a “bundle”, managed by a single operator.
  • This does not necessarily imply a single, central point of oversight authority – any oversight mechanism should reflect the legitimate authority of different communities for specific functions as they relate to number resources, domain names and protocol parameters.

Survey Question 3 –Does this community feel that it has no position, per se, on ICANN accountability mechanisms (other than the principle that DNS community must be satisfied with that process before any IANA transition)


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