[address-policy-wg] Re: Can the RIRs bypass the IETF and do their own thing?
Brian E Carpenter brc at zurich.ibm.com
Mon May 14 16:40:50 CEST 2007
On 2007-05-14 16:08, Shane Kerr wrote: > Brian, > > On Mon, May 14, 2007 at 01:34:31PM +0200, Brian E Carpenter wrote: >> On 2007-05-11 23:32, JORDI PALET MARTINEZ wrote: >>> The RIRs don't depend on IETF at all, they can define global >>> policies for things that the IETF failed to complete if that's the >>> case. IANA can be instructed the same by the RIRs (which a global >>> policy) than by the IETF itself with an RFC. >> Not quite. The RIRs have authority delegated to them by IANA, and >> IANA operates under the terms of its MoU and SLA with the IETF. So >> the RIRs' scope is to set and implement policy within their >> delegated authority, which itself has to be within the terms of the >> IANA MoU and SLA. > > The RIRs authority comes from their communities, not from IANA. > That's what "bottom-up" means. We're both right. It works because there is a wide consensus to both listen to the community and respect the mechanisms in place. Brian