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NRO Response to ITU Comments on the Management of Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses

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, the full response, and the original ITU memorandum are available.

We urge our members and others in the Internet community to make their views about this issue known. Without your support being *visible* and *explicit* the bottom-up, consensus based model on which the success of the Internet has been founded may be replaced by the top-down bureaucracy of "Internet Governance".

To show your support:

Internet number resource distribution is fair and accessible to all. Its policy development process is open and transparent. It works.

Let us keep it that way.