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Response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) Request for Proposals on the IANA Protocol Parameters Registries

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      E. Lear, Ed.
Request for Comments: 7979                               R. Housley, Ed.
Category: Informational                                      August 2016
ISSN: 2070-1721

  Response to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)
    Request for Proposals on the IANA Protocol Parameters Registries


The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) solicited a request from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to propose how the NTIA should end its oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions. After broad consultations, ICANN in turn created the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group. That group solicited proposals for the three major IANA functions: names, numbers, and protocol parameters. This document contains the IETF response to that solicitation for protocol parameters. It was included in an aggregate response to the NTIA alongside those for names and numbering resources that are being developed by their respective operational communities. A reference to that response may be found in the introduction, and additional correspondence is included in the Appendix. Status of This Memo This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is published for informational purposes. This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841. Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
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Table of Contents

1. IETF Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. The Formal RFP Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 3. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 4. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 5. IAB Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 6. Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 7. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 7.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 7.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Appendix A. The Charter of the IANA Stewardship Coordination Group (ICG) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Appendix B. IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group Request for Proposals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Appendix C. Correspondence of the IETF to the ICG . . . . . . . 34 Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
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1. IETF Introduction

In March of 2014, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition oversight of Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions [NTIA-Announce]. In that announcement, NTIA asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to establish a process to deliver a proposal for transition. As part of that process, the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) was formed. The charter for the ICG can be found in Appendix A. The ICG in turn solicited proposals regarding post-transition arrangements from the names, numbers, and protocol parameters communities in order to put forth a proposal to the NTIA. The final request for proposal (RFP) can be found in Appendix B. The response from the ICG to the NTIA may be found at [ICG-Response]. While there are interactions between all of the IANA functions and IETF standards, this document specifically addresses the protocol parameters registries function. Section 1 (this section) contains an introduction that is sourced solely within the IETF. Section 2 contains the questionnaire that was written by the ICG and a formal response by the IETF. We have quoted questions from that questionnaire with ">>> ", and we have prefaced answers to questions being asked with "IETF Response:". Note that there are small changes to the questions asked in order to match the RFC format. We note that the following text was stated as a footnote in the original RFP: In this RFP, "IANA" refers to the functions currently specified in the agreement between NTIA and ICANN [] as well as any other functions traditionally performed by the IANA functions operator. SAC-067 [] provides one description of the many different meanings of the term "IANA" and may be useful reading in addition to the documents constituting the agreement itself.
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2. The Formal RFP Response

The entire Request for Proposals, including introduction, can be found in Appendix B. >>> >>> 0. Proposal Type >>> >>> Identify which category of the IANA functions this >>> submission proposes to address: >>> IETF Response: Protocol Parameters This response states the existing practice of the IETF, and also represents the views of the Internet Architecture Board and the IETF. >>> >>> I. Description of Community's Use of IANA Functions >>> >>> This section should list the specific, distinct IANA services >>> or activities your community relies on. For each IANA service >>> or activity on which your community relies, please provide the >>> following: >>> A description of the service or activity. >>> IETF Response: Many IETF protocols make use of commonly defined protocol parameters. These parameters are used by implementers, who are the primary users of the IETF standards and other documents. To ensure consistent interpretation of these parameter values by independent implementations, and to promote universal interoperability, these IETF protocol specifications define and require globally available registries containing the parameter values and a pointer to any associated documentation. The IETF uses the IANA protocol parameters registries to store this information in a public location. The IETF community presently accesses the protocol parameter registries via references based on the domain name, and makes use of the term "IANA" in the protocol parameter registry processes [RFC5226]. ICANN currently operates the .ARPA top level domain on behalf of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). This zone is used for certain Internet infrastructure services that are delegated beneath it. The IETF considers .ARPA part of the protocol parameters registries for purposes of this response.
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   >>> A description of the customer(s) of the service or activity.

   IETF Response:

   The IANA protocol parameters registries operator maintains the
   protocol parameters registries for the IETF in conformance with all
   relevant IETF policies, in accordance with the Memorandum of
   Understanding [RFC2860] and associated supplemental agreements that
   include service level agreements (SLAs) established between the IETF
   and ICANN [MOUSUP].

   The IETF is a global organization that produces voluntary standards,
   whose mission is to produce high quality, relevant technical and
   engineering documents that influence the way people design, use, and
   manage the Internet in such a way as to make the Internet work better
   [RFC3935].  IETF standards are published in the RFC series.  The IETF
   is responsible for the key standards that are used on the Internet
   today, including IP, TCP, DNS, BGP, and HTTP, to name but a few.

   The IETF operates in an open and transparent manner [RFC6852].  The
   processes that govern the IETF are also published in the RFC series.
   The Internet Standards Process is documented in [RFC2026].  That
   document explains not only how standards are developed, but also how
   disputes about decisions are resolved.  RFC 2026 has been amended a
   number of times [BCP9info].  The standards process can be amended in
   the same manner that standards are approved.  That is, someone
   proposes a change by submitting a temporary document known as an
   Internet-Draft, the community discusses it, and if rough consensus
   can be found the change is approved by the Internet Engineering
   Steering Group (IESG), who also have day-to-day responsibility for
   declaring IETF consensus on technical decisions, including those that
   affect the IANA protocol parameters registries.  Anyone may propose a
   change during a Last Call, and anyone may participate in the
   community discussion.
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   >>> What registries are involved in providing the service or
   >>> activity.

   IETF Response:

   The protocol parameters registries are the product of IETF work.
   These also include the top-level registry for the entire IP address
   space and some of its sub-registries, autonomous system number space,
   and a number of special use registries with regard to domain names.
   For more detail please refer to the documentation in the "overlaps or
   interdependencies" section.

   Administration of the protocol parameters registries is the service
   that is provided to the IETF.

   >>> A description of any overlaps or interdependencies between your
   >>> IANA requirements and the functions required by other customer
   >>> communities.

   IETF Response:

   In this context, the IETF considers "overlap" to be where there is in
   some way shared responsibility for a single registry across multiple
   organizations.  In this sense, there is no overlap between
   organizations because responsibility for each registry is carefully
   delineated.  There are, however, points of interaction between other
   organizations, and a few cases where the IETF may further define the
   scope of a registry for technical purposes.  This is the case with
   both names and numbers, as described in the paragraphs below.  In all
   cases, the IETF coordinates with the appropriate organizations.

   It is important to note that the IETF does not have formal
   membership.  The term "the IETF" includes anyone who wishes to
   participate in the IETF, and IETF participants may also be members of
   other communities.  Staff and participants from ICANN and the
   Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) regularly participate in IETF

   o  The IETF has specified a number of special use registries with
      regard to domain names.  These registries require coordination
      with ICANN as the policy authority for the DNS root, including
      community groups that are responsible for ICANN policy on domain
      names such as the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) and
      the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO).  There are
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      already mechanisms in place to perform this coordination, and the
      capacity to modify those mechanisms to meet new conditions as they
      might arise.  [RFC6761]

   o  The IETF specifies the DNS protocol.  From time to time there have
      been and will be updates to that protocol.  As we make changes we
      will broadly consult the operational community about the impact of
      those changes, as we have done in the past.

   o  The IETF specifies minimum requirements for root servers.
      [RFC2870] Those requirements are currently under review, in
      consultations with the root server community.

   o  The routing architecture has evolved over time, and is expected to
      continue to do so.  Such evolution may have an impact on
      appropriate IP address allocation strategies.  If and when that
      happens, the IETF will consult and coordinate with the RIR
      community, as we have done in the past.

   o  The IETF is responsible for policy relating to the entire IP
      address space and AS number space.  Through the IANA protocol
      parameters registries, the IETF delegates unicast IP address and
      AS number ranges to the RIRs [RFC7020],[RFC7249].  Special address
      allocation, such as multicast and anycast addresses, often require
      coordination.  Another example of IP addresses that are not
      administered by the RIR system is Unique Local Addresses (ULAs)
      [RFC4193], where local networks employ a prefix that is not
      intended to be routed on the public Internet.  New special address
      allocations are added, from time to time, related to the evolution
      of the standards.  In all cases, these special assignments are
      listed in the IANA protocol paramters registries.

   o  The IETF maintains sub-registries for special IPv4 and IPv6
      assignments.  These are specified in [RFC3307], [RFC5771], and
      [RFC6890].  The IETF coordinates such assignments with the RIRs.

   o  Changes to IETF standards may have impact on operations of RIRs
      and service providers.  A recent example is the extensions to BGP
      to carry the Autonomous System numbers as four-octet entities
      [RFC6793].  It is important to note that this change occurred out
      of operational necessity, and it demonstrated strong alignment
      between the RIRs and the IETF.
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   >>> II.  Existing, Pre-Transition Arrangements

   >>> This section should describe how existing IANA-related
   >>> arrangements work, prior to the transition.
   >>> A. Policy Sources
   >>> This section should identify the specific source(s) of policy
   >>> which must be followed by the IANA functions operator in its
   >>> conduct of the services or activities described above.  If there
   >>> are distinct sources of policy or policy development for
   >>> different IANA activities, then please describe these
   >>> separately. For each source of policy or policy development,
   >>> please provide the following:
   >>> Which IANA service or activity (identified in Section I) is
   >>> affected.

   IETF Response:

   The protocol parameters registries.

   >>> A description of how policy is developed and established and
   >>> who is involved in policy development and establishment.

   IETF Response:

   Policy for overall management of the protocol parameters registries
   is stated in [RFC6220] and [RFC5226].  The first of these documents
   explains the model for how the registries are to be operated, how
   policy is set, and how oversight takes place.  RFC 5226 specifies the
   policies that specification writers may employ when they define new
   protocol registries in the "IANA Considerations" section of each
   specification.  All policies at the IETF begin with a proposal in the
   form of an Internet-Draft.  Anyone may submit such a proposal.  If
   there is sufficient interest, a working group whose scope includes
   the proposed work may choose to adopt it, the IESG may choose to
   create a working group, or an Area Director may choose to sponsor the
   draft.  In any case, anyone may comment on the proposal as it
   progresses.  A proposal cannot be passed by the IESG unless it enjoys
   sufficient community support as to indicate rough consensus
   [RFC7282].  In each case, a "Last Call" is made so that there is
   notice of any proposed change to a policy or process.  Anyone may
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   comment during a Last Call.  For example, this process is currently
   being used to update RFC 5226 [I-D.leiba-cotton-iana-5226bis].

   >>> A description of how disputes about policy are resolved.

   IETF Response:

   Most disputes are handled at the lowest level through the working
   group and rough consensus processes.  Should anyone disagree with any
   action, Section 6.5 of [RFC2026] specifies a multi-level conflict
   resolution and appeals process that includes the responsible Area
   Director, the IESG, and the IAB.  Should appeals be upheld, an
   appropriate remedy is applied.  In the case where someone claims that
   the procedures themselves are insufficient or inadequate in some way
   to address a circumstance, one may appeal an IAB decision to the
   Internet Society Board of Trustees.

   >>> References to documentation of policy development and dispute
   >>> resolution processes.

   IETF Response:

   As mentioned above, [RFC2026] Section 6.5 specifies a conflict
   resolution and appeals process.  [RFC2418] specifies working group
   procedures.  Note that both of these documents have been amended in
   later RFCs as indicated in the [RFC-INDEX].

   >>> B. Oversight and Accountability
   >>> This section should describe all the ways in which oversight is
   >>> conducted over IANA functions operator's provision of the
   >>> services and activities listed in Section I and all the ways in
   >>> which IANA functions operator is currently held accountable for
   >>> the provision of those services. For each oversight or
   >>> accountability mechanism, please provide as many of the
   >>> following as are applicable:
   >>> Which IANA service or activity (identified in Section I) is
   >>> affected.
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   IETF Response:

   The protocol parameters registries.

   >>> If not all policy sources identified in Section II.A are
   >>> affected, identify which ones are affected.

   IETF Response:

   All policy sources relating to the protocol parameters registry are

   >>> A description of the entity or entities that provide oversight
   >>> or perform accountability functions, including how individuals
   >>> are selected or removed from participation in those entities.

   IETF Response:

   The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is an oversight body of the
   IETF whose responsibilities include, among other things, confirming
   appointment of IESG members, managing appeals as discussed above,
   management of certain domains, including .ARPA [RFC3172], and general
   architectural guidance to the broader community.  The IAB must
   approve the appointment of an organization to act as IANA operator on
   behalf of the IETF.  The IAB is also responsible for establishing
   liaison relationships with other organizations on behalf of the IETF.
   The IAB's charter is to be found in [RFC2850].

   The IAB members are selected and may be recalled through a Nominating
   Committee (NOMCOM) process, which is described in [RFC3777] and its
   updates.  This process provides for selection of active members of
   the community who themselves agree upon a slate of candidates.  The
   active members are chosen randomly from volunteers with a history of
   participation in the IETF, with limits regarding having too many
   active members with the same affiliation.  The selection of the
   active members is performed in a manner that makes it possible for
   anyone to verify that the correct procedure was followed.  The slate
   of candidates selected by the active members are sent to the Internet
   Society Board of Trustees for confirmation.  In general, members are
   appointed for terms of two years.  The IAB selects its own chair.

   The IAB provides oversight of the protocol parameters registries of
   the IETF, and is responsible for selecting appropriate operator(s)
   and related per-registry arrangements.  Especially when relationships
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   among protocols call for it, registries are at times operated by, or
   in conjunction with, other bodies.  Unless the IAB or IETF has
   concluded that special treatment is needed, the operator for
   registries is currently ICANN.

   >>> A description of the mechanism (e.g., contract, reporting
   >>> scheme, auditing scheme, etc.). This should include a
   >>> description of the consequences of the IANA functions operator
   >>> not meeting the standards established by the mechanism, the
   >>> extent to which the output of the mechanism is transparent and
   >>> the terms under which the mechanism may change.

   IETF Response:

   A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between ICANN and the IETF
   community has been in place since 2000.  It can be found in
   [RFC2860].  The MoU defines the work to be carried out by the IANA
   functions operator for the IETF and the Internet Research Task Force
   (IRTF), a peer organization to the IETF that focuses on
   research.[RFC2014] Each year a service level agreement is negotiated
   that supplements the MoU.

   Day-to-day administration and contract management is the
   responsibility of the IETF Administrative Director (IAD).  The IETF
   Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) oversees the IAD.  The
   members of the IAOC are also the trustees of the IETF Trust, whose
   main purpose is to hold certain intellectual property for the benefit
   of the IETF as a whole.  IAOC members are appointed by the Internet
   Society Board of Trustees, the IAB, the IESG, and the NOMCOM
   [RFC4071].  The IAOC works with the IANA functions operator to
   establish annual IANA performance metrics [METRICS] and operational
   procedures, and the resulting document is adopted as an supplement to
   the MoU each year [MOUSUP].  Starting from 2014, in accordance with
   these supplements, an annual audit is performed to ensure that
   protocol parameter requests are being processed according to the
   established policies.  The conclusions of this audit will be
   available for anyone in the world to review.

   To date there have been no unresolvable disputes or issues between
   the IETF and the current IANA functions operator.  [RFC2860]
   specifies that should a technical dispute arise, "the IANA shall seek
   and follow technical guidance exclusively from the IESG."  In the
   unlikely event that a more difficult situation should arise, the IAOC
   and the IAB would engage ICANN management to address the matter.  The
   MoU also provides an option for either party to terminate the
   arrangement with six months notice.  Obviously such action would only
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   be undertaken after serious consideration.  In that case a new IANA
   functions operator would be selected, and a new agreement with that
   operator would be established.

   >>>  Jurisdiction(s) in which the mechanism applies and the legal
   >>>  basis on which the mechanism rests.

   IETF Response

   This mechanism is global in nature.  The current agreement does not
   specify a jurisdiction.

   >>>III.  Proposed Post-Transition Oversight and Accountability

   >>> This section should describe what changes your community is
   >>> proposing to the arrangements listed in Section II.B in light of
   >>> the transition. If your community is proposing to replace one or
   >>> more existing arrangements with new arrangements, that
   >>> replacement should be explained and all of the elements listed
   >>> in Section II.B should be described for the new
   >>> arrangements. Your community should provide its rationale and
   >>> justification for the new arrangements.
   >>> If your community's proposal carries any implications for
   >>> existing policy arrangements described in Section II.A, those
   >>> implications should be described here.
   >>> If your community is not proposing changes to arrangements
   >>> listed in Section II.B, the rationale and justification for that
   >>> choice should be provided here.

   IETF Response:

   No new organizations or structures are required.  Over the years
   since the creation of ICANN, the IETF, ICANN, and IAB have together
   created a system of agreements, policies, and oversight mechanisms
   that already cover what is needed.  This system has worked well
   without any operational involvement from the NTIA.

   IANA protocol parameters registry updates will continue to function
   day-to-day, as they have been doing for the last decade or more.  The
   IETF community is very satisfied with the current arrangement with
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   ICANN.  RFC 2860 remains in force and has served the IETF community
   very well.  RFC 6220 has laid out an appropriate service description
   and requirements.

   However in the absence of the NTIA contract a few new arrangements
   may be needed in order to ensure the IETF community's expectations
   are met.  Those expectations are the following:

   o  The protocol parameters registries are in the public domain.  It
      is the preference of the IETF community that all relevant parties
      acknowledge that fact as part of the transition.

   o  It is possible in the future that the operation of the protocol
      parameters registries may be transitioned from ICANN to subsequent
      operator(s).  It is the preference of the IETF community that, as
      part of the NTIA transition, ICANN acknowledge that it will carry
      out the obligations established under C.7.3 and I.61 of the
      current IANA functions contract between ICANN and the NTIA
      [NTIA-Contract] to achieve a smooth transition to subsequent
      operator(s), should the need arise.  Furthermore, in the event of
      a transition it is the expectation of the IETF community that
      ICANN, the IETF, and subsequent operator(s) will work together to
      minimize disruption in the use the protocol parameters registries
      or other resources currently located at

   In developing our response we have been mindful of the following
   points that the IETF community has discussed over the last year
   [ProtoParamEvo14] that have led to the following guiding principles
   for IAB efforts that impact IANA protocol parameter registries.
   These principles must be taken together; their order is not

   1.  The IETF protocol parameters registries function has been and
   continues to be capably provided by the Internet technical community.

   The strength and stability of the function and its foundation within
   the Internet technical community are both important given how
   critical protocol parameters are to the proper functioning of IETF

   We think the structures that sustain the protocol parameters
   registries function need to be strong enough that they can be offered
   independently by the Internet technical community, without the need
   for backing from external parties.  And we believe we largely are
   there already, although the system can be strengthened further, and
   continuous improvements are being made.
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   2.  The protocol parameters registries function requires openness,
   transparency, and accountability.

   Existing documentation of how the function is administered and
   overseen is good [RFC2860], [RFC6220].  Further articulation and
   clarity may be beneficial.  It is important that the whole Internet
   community can understand how the function works, and that the
   processes for registering parameters and holding those who oversee
   the protocol parameters function accountable for following those
   processes are understood by all interested parties.  We are committed
   to making improvements here if necessary.

   3.  Any contemplated changes to the protocol parameters registries
   function should respect existing Internet community agreements.

   The protocol parameters registries function is working well.  The
   existing Memorandum of Understanding in RFC 2860 defines "the
   technical work to be carried out by the Internet Assigned Numbers
   Authority on behalf of the Internet Engineering Task Force and the
   Internet Research Task Force."  Any modifications to the protocol
   parameters registries function should be made using the IETF process
   to update RFC 6220 and other relevant RFCs.  Put quite simply:
   evolution, not revolution.

   4.  The Internet architecture requires and receives capable service
   by Internet registries.

   The stability of the Internet depends on capable provision of not
   just IETF protocol parameters, but IP numbers, domain names, and
   other registries.  Furthermore, DNS and IPv4/IPv6 are IETF-defined
   protocols.  Thus we expect the role of the IETF in standards
   development, architectural guidance, and allocation of certain name/
   number parameters to continue.  IP multicast addresses and special-
   use DNS names are two examples where close coordination is needed.
   The IETF will continue to coordinate with ICANN, the RIRs, and other
   parties that are mutually invested in the continued smooth operation
   of the Internet registries.  We fully understand the need to work

   5.  The IETF will continue management of the protocol parameter
   registry function as an integral component of the IETF standards
   process and the use of resulting protocols.

   RFC 6220 specifies the role and function of the protocol parameters
   registry, which is critical to IETF standards processes and IETF
   protocols.  The IAB, on behalf of the IETF, has the responsibility to
   define and manage the relationship with the protocol registry
   operator role.  This responsibility includes the selection and
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   management of the protocol parameter registry operator, as well as
   management of the parameter registration process and the guidelines
   for parameter allocation.

   6.  The protocol parameters registries are provided as a public

   Directions for the creation of protocol parameters registries and the
   policies for subsequent additions and updates are specified in RFCs.
   The protocol parameters registries are available to everyone, and
   they are published in a form that allows their contents to be
   included in other works without further permission.  These works
   include, but are not limited to, implementations of Internet
   protocols and their associated documentation.

   These principles will guide the IAB, IAOC, and the rest of the IETF
   community as they work with ICANN to establish future IANA
   performance metrics and operational procedures.

   >>> IV Transition Implications

   >>> This section should describe what your community views as the
   >>> implications of the changes it proposed in Section III. These
   >>> implications may include some or all of the following, or other
   >>> implications specific to your community:
   >>>  o Description of operational requirements to achieve continuity
   >>>    of service and possible new service integration throughout
   >>>    the transition.
   >>>  o Risks to operational continuity
   >>>  o Description of any legal framework requirements in the
   >>>    absence of the NTIA contract
   >>>  o Description of how you have tested or evaluated the
   >>>    workability of any new technical or operational methods
   >>>    proposed in this document and how they compare to established
   >>>    arrangements.

   IETF Response:

   No structural changes are required for the handling of protocol
   parameters.  The principles listed above will guide IAB, IAOC, and
   the rest of the IETF community as they work with ICANN to establish
   future IANA performance metrics and operational procedures, as they
   have in the past.
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   As no services are expected to change, no continuity issues are
   anticipated, and there are no new technical or operational methods
   proposed by the IETF to test.  The IETF leadership, ICANN, and the
   RIRs maintain an ongoing informal dialog to spot any unforeseen
   issues that might arise as a result of other changes.

   What is necessary as part of transition is the completion of any
   supplemental agreement(s) necessary to achieve the requirements
   outlined in our response in Section III of this RFP.

   >>> V.  NTIA Requirements
   >>> Additionally, NTIA has established that the transition proposal
   >>> must meet the following five requirements:
   >>>     "Support and enhance the multistakeholder model;"

   IETF Response:

   Because the IETF is open to everyone, participation is open to all
   stakeholders.  IETF processes outlined in Section I were used to
   develop this proposal.  Those same processes have been and shall be
   used to amend governance of the protocol parameters function.  As
   mentioned previously, anyone may propose amendments to those
   processes, and anyone may take part in the decision process.

   >>> "Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the
   >>>  Internet DNS;"

   IETF Response:

   No changes are proposed in this document that affect the security,
   stability, and resiliency of the DNS.

   >>> "Meet the needs and expectation of the global customers and
   >>>  partners of the IANA services;"

   IETF Response:

   Implementers and their users from around the world make use of the
   IETF standards and the associated IANA protocol parameters
   registries.  The current IANA protocol parameters registries system
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   is meeting the needs of these global customers.  This proposal
   continues to meet their needs by maintaining the existing processes
   that have served them well in the past.


   >>> "Maintain the openness of the Internet."

   IETF Response:

   This proposal maintains the existing open framework that allows
   anyone to participate in the development of IETF standards, including
   the IANA protocol parameters registries policies.  Further, an
   implementer anywhere in the world has full access to the protocol
   specification published in the RFC series and the protocol parameters
   registries published at  Those who require assignments in
   the IANA protocol registries will continue to have their requests
   satisfied, as specified by the existing policies for those

   >>> "The proposal must not replace the NTIA role with a
   >>>  government-led or an inter-governmental organization solution."

   Policy oversight is performed by the IAB, which is neither a
   government-led or an intergovernmental organization.

   >>> VI.  Community Process
   >>> This section should describe the process your community used for
   >>> developing this proposal, including:
   >>> o The steps that were taken to develop the proposal and to
   >>>   determine consensus.

   IETF Response:

   The IESG established the IANAPLAN working group to develop this
   response.  Anyone was welcome to join the discussion and participate
   in the development of this response.  An open mailing list
   ( has been associated with the working group.  In
   addition, IETF's IANA practices have been discussed in the broader
   community, and all input has been welcome.  Normal IETF procedures
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   [RFC2026] [RFC2418] were used to determine rough consensus.  The
   chairs of the working group reviewed open issues and, after an
   internal working group last call, determined that all had been
   satisfactorily addressed, and subsequently the IESG did a formal
   IETF-wide Last Call followed by a formal review and determined that
   the document had rough consensus.

   >>> Links to announcements, agendas, mailing lists, consultations and
   >>> meeting proceedings.

   IETF Response:

   The following list is not exhaustive, as there have been many open
   discussions about this transition within the IETF community in the
   past few months.

   Creation of an open mailing list to discuss the transition:

   Announcement of a public session on the transition:

   Announcement by the IESG of the intent to form a working group:

   The working group discussion:

   2014-10-06 Interim Meeting Agenda, Minutes, and presentations:

   Working group last call:

   Agenda from IETF 91 IANAPLAN WG meeting:

   Minutes of IETF 91 IANAPLAN WG meeting:
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   Shepherd write-up:

   IETF last call:

   >>> An assessment of the level of consensus behind your community's
   >>> proposal, including a description of areas of contention or
   >>> disagreement.

   IETF Response:

   This document has attained rough consensus of the IETF Working Group
   and of the IETF community as a whole, as judged first by the working
   group chairs and then by the sponsoring Area Director, and then by
   the IESG in accordance with [RFC2026] during the 18 December 2014
   IESG telechat.  The IESG has approved the draft, pending insertion of
   this answer in this section and the IAB approval note.  The IAB
   approved a statement for inclusion in the document on 19 December

   Over the course of the development of the document, several
   suggestions were raised that did not enjoy sufficient support to be
   included.  Two general areas of suggestion that generated much
   discussion were

   o  A suggestion for a stronger statement over what terms the IAOC
      should negotiate.

   o  A suggestion that "" and other associated marks be
      transferred to the IETF trust.

   At the end of the working group process, although there was not
   unanimous support for the results, the working group chairs concluded
   that rough consensus existed in the working group.  The document
   shepherd's summary of the WG consensus for this document can be found

   During IETF last call, additional people voiced support for the
   document.  There were several editorial comments that resulted in
   changes, as well as some discussion of more substantial comments some
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   of which resulted in text changes.  There was some discussion of
   comments already discussed earlier in the process, and but no new
   objections were raised during the IETF last call.  A summary of the
   last call comments can be found from here:

   New draft versions were prepared that took into account all the
   agreed changes from the last call.  The final version was then
   approved by the IESG.

3. IANA Considerations

This memo is a response to a request for proposals. No parameter allocations or changes are sought.

4. Security Considerations

While the agreement, supplements, policies, and procedures around the IANA function have shown strong resiliency, the IETF will continue to work with all relevant parties to facilitate improvements while maintaining availability of the IANA registries.

5. IAB Note

The IAB supports the response in this document.

6. Acknowledgments

This document describes processes that have been developed by many members of the community over many years. The initial version of this document was developed collaboratively through both the IAB IANA Strategy Program and the IETF IANAPLAN WG. Particular thanks go to Jari Arkko, Marc Blanchet, Brian Carpenter, Alissa Cooper, John Curran, Leslie Daigle, Heather Flanagan, Christer Holmberg, John Klensin, Barry Leiba, Milton Mueller, Andrei Robachevsky, Andrew Sullivan, Dave Thaler, Greg Wood, and Suzanne Woolf.

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