Consultation on the Source of Policies & User Instructions for Internet Number Resource Requests

This consultation has concluded. A report of public comments has been compiled, and the record of submitted comments is published on the ICANN Public Comment page.

Consultation Objective

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions contract (SA1301-12-CN-0035) between ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority calls for a public consultation from all interested and affected parties to help satisfy the following objectives:

C.2.6 Transparency and Accountability – [No later than 1 October 2013], the Contractor shall, in collaboration with all interested and affected parties as enumerated in Section C.1.3, develop user instructions including technical requirements for each corresponding IANA function and post via a website.
C.2.7 Responsibility and Respect for Stakeholders – [No later than 1 October 2013], the Contractor shall, in collaboration with all interested and affected parties as enumerated in Section C.1.3, develop for each of the IANA functions a process for documenting the source of the policies and procedures and how it will apply the relevant policies and procedures for the corresponding IANA function and post via a website.

The interested and affected parties are identified in C.1.3 as:

...the multi-stakeholder, private sector led, bottom-up policy development model for the domain name system (DNS) that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) represents; the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB); Regional Internet Registries (RIRs); top-level domain (TLD) operators/managers (e.g., country codes and generic); governments; and the Internet user community.

The IANA functions are identified in C.2.9 as:

(1) the coordination of the assignment of technical Internet protocol parameters; (2) the administration of certain responsibilities associated with the Internet DNS root zone management; (3) the allocation of Internet numbering resources; and (4) other services related to the management of the ARPA and INT top-level domains (TLDs).

This consultation relates to the user instructions for the allocation of Internet numbering resources.

This consultation

This consultation presents the source of policies and a draft set of user instructions for the Internet Number Resources policies that ICANN implements.

Source of Policies

Theme Title Status URL
Allocations to RIRs ICANN Address Supporting Organization (ASO) MoU Active http://archive.icann.org/en/aso/aso-mou-29oct04.htm
Technical protocol parameter usage Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Technical Work of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority Active http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2860

The existence of a structure for the allocation of IP numbers pre-dates the establishment of ICANN by many years and the description of the numbers registry system is defined in a series of RFCs. In addition, Internet numbering resources are allocated in accordance with the global policies developed in the process described in Attachment A to the 2004 ICANN Address Supporting Organization (ASO) MoU. Those policies are documented on ICANN’s Global Addressing Policies web page, which can be found at: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/policy/global-addressing

Assignments of specialized address blocks (such as multicast or anycast blocks) and experimental assignments are made in line with the requirements set out in section 4 of RFC 2860 (Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Technical Work of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority).

Implementing the Policies

The Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for Internet Number allocations as per the global addressing policies.

User Instructions

IPv4 Allocation

IPv6 Allocation

AS Number Allocation

Change in Named Registrant

Consultation Questions

ICANN would like input on whether the correct source documents have been identified above. We also would like to know whether the interested and affected parties find the user instructions useful and think they will provide assistance in preparing requests for additional resources. Comments are welcome on any aspect of the consultation, and specifically on the following questions:

  1. Is it clear and easy to understand how to request additional Internet Number Resources?
  2. Are the descriptions of the information required for resource requests clearly documented?
  3. Do you have any other input on the draft user instructions? the KPIs and targets developed by ICANN meaningful performance standards for delivering the IPv4 allocation service, the IPv6 allocation service, and the AS Number allocation service?
  4. In which formats would you like the user instructions published on ICANN’s IANA website?