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Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 11:23:38 +0200
From: Hank Nussbacher hank@localhost
Subject: NRO Response to ITU Comments on the Management of Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses
Cc: Axel Pawlik ncc@localhost, hoydar@localhost
As part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, a proposal has been made that could dramatically affect the way Internet number resources are distributed and managed. On 21 October 2004, the Director of ITU-TSB published a memorandum, "ITU and Internet Governance" for public comment. This memorandum includes a proposal to create a new IPv6 address space distribution process, based solely on national authorities. This could have a serious impact on RIPE NCC Members, Internet operators and the global Internet community at large. The Number Resource Organization (NRO), on behalf of the Regional Internet Registries, has prepared a public response to the ITU memorandum detailing the flaws of the proposal and the negative impact it would have on Internet operations. A summary of this response is available at: http://www.nro.net/documents/nro18.html The full response is available at: http://www.nro.net/documents/nro17.html The original ITU memorandum is available at: http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/tsb-director/itut-wsis/files/zhao-netgov01.doc
The following comments are in addition to the NRO response.
As a member of RIPE and as an ex-member of IAHC and iPOC (the precursors to ICANN), I think this attempt to have IPv6 address space distributed solely by national authorities to be a tragic mistake. How much manpower would be needed in each country to handle this task? 5? 10? 20? Now multiply by the number of countries. Neighboring countries would have slightly different allocation rules as well as delivery time depending on staffing. Isn't that what the EU is trying to eliminate - by harmonizing rules and regulations across Europe - rather than creating 189 different governing bodies?
What would multinationals do? Someone like IBM or Cisco would have to apply for IPv6 addresses in multiple countries? How much would such a process cost?
IP addresses, as opposed to phone numbers are not geocentric resources. They are virtual resources that have no boundry based on maps or cartographers.
I truly hope that the ITU drops this ill advised idea from its agenda.
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