Steve Huter of the NSRC (Network Startup Resource Center) makes this
correction to my earlier comment:
> "The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is the overall
> authority for the IP Addresses, the Domain Names, and many other
> parameters, used in the Internet." Not the Internet Society.
Interesting, but that's inconsistent with what even the IANA seems
to be saying. I'm reading the IANA web page that says this:
> The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is the central
> coordinator for the assignment of unique parameter values for
> Internet protocols. The IANA is chartered by the Internet Society
> (ISOC) and the Federal Network Council (FNC) to act as the
> clearinghouse to assign and coordinate the use of numerous Internet
> protocol parameters.
The IANA uses the word "coordinator", not "authority". They are
chartered by the Internet Society. The Internet Society itself,
specifically its President, uses the language
> The Internet Society (ISOC) board of trustees voted to accept the
> IANA proposal ...
So if the IANA is the overall authority, as Steve asserts, I'm not
sure I understand why it has to make proposals to ISOC. It seems
like the IANA is the immediate authority, and answers to those that
chartered it, which have overall authority. But if you see it
differently, then perhaps you could explain. I'm certainly no
expert on this stuff.
Getting back to the point, however, the issue is the degree of
authority anyone has, even the IANA and ISOC. The issue, as
indicated by the subject header of this and previous messages, is
the determination of what body has the authority to allocate or
re-allocate an international top-level domains, such as the domain
for Congo-Brazzaville. And we're talking about real authority -- the
authority to act effectively -- and not just about what is written in
an RFC or a press release.
Or to put it another way, the issue is that somebody named Fred
in Switzerland is selling domain names for Congo-Brazzaville at
perhaps $260 each per year. Is that a good idea? If not, then what
can be done about it? Or does it matter? It seemed to matter in
Malawi -- remember, that was the post that generated this discussion.
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