At 02:28 PM 7/3/97 -5, Jeff Cochrane wrote:
>> "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.
The above statement, in quotes, comes from the introduction of RFC 1591,
which is entitled, Domain Name System Structure and Delegation. This is the
primary Internet reference which provides guidelines about the DNS,
specifically top level domains, and the admin of domains.
As you noted, RFC 1591 can be found at
Due to recent confusion on this topic in these complicated times of
Internet development, Jon Postel posted a public statement on May 16, 1997
to help clarify IANA's role, and its working relationships with ISOC, the
InterNIC et al.