- IANA Stewardship Transition
On 1 October 2016, the IANA functions contract that the U.S Government had with ICANN was allowed to expire. This was the final step in a community-led IANA stewardship transition process that began in 2014. Oversight of IANA is now the responsibility of the Names, Numbers and Protocol Parameters communities that rely on its services. This page has archived documents and announcements relating to the IANA stewardship transition:
- Cooperation Working Group
The Cooperation Working Group is an open forum for discussion focusing on collaboration between the private and public sectors on Internet matters. This kind of collaboration has taken on increased prominence in recent years, as the wider Internet community strives to ensure that all voices are heard and the interests of all parties are considered. Fostering more open dialogue between all stakeholders is vital to ensuring the continued stability of the Internet. To post a message to the list, send an email to email@example.com. Please note that only subscribers can post messages.
- The RIPE Community and the Evolution of the IANA Functions
On Friday 14 March, the United States Government announced that it intends to transition stewardship of key Internet functions (including the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, or IANA) to the global multi-stakeholder community. It has asked ICANN to facilitate, in consultation with the global multi-stakeholder community, the development of a proposal for the transition.
- Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other Internet protocol resources. It is a set of functions that is currently contracted out by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The IANA function is currently carried out by ICANN.
With regard to Internet number resources, IANA's role is to allocate IP addresses and AS Numbers from the pools of unallocated resources to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) according to their needs, and to document protocol assignments made by the IETF. When an RIR requires more IP addresses for allocation or assignment within its region, IANA makes an additional allocation to the RIR.
IANA does not make allocations directly to ISPs or end users except in specific circumstances, such as allocations of multicast addresses or other protocol-specific needs.
Global Policy Development
The policies under which the IANA role is carried out are referred to as Global Addressing Policies, and must be agreed to by all of the five RIR communities. Any new policy proposal must go through the Policy Development Process in each RIR and be ratified by each community, and this process will then be reviewed by the ASO Address Council (ASO AC) before the new global policy is adopted.