Re: [Ianaplan] Update on IANA Transition & Negotiations with ICANN

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Do I understand this to mean that IETF  wants to get it's RFP response to
ICG activated and operational before conclusion of the transition process?

sent from Google nexus 4
kindly excuse brevity and typos.
On 30 Apr 2015 12:58, "Andrew Sullivan" <>; wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> This is an update to the community on the current discussion between
> the IETF and ICANN regarding the annual SLA or Supplemental Agreement.
> Each year, the IETF (via the IAOC) and ICANN specify a supplemental
> agreement to our Memorandum of Understanding, in order to ensure that
> any gaps or identified operational issues are addressed.
> As you are aware, inspired by the request from the IANA Stewardship
> Transition Coordination Group (ICG), last year we formed the IANAPLAN
> working group and achieved IETF consensus on the state of affairs with
> IANA registries published under the direction of the IETF.  That
> consensus is captured in draft-ietf-ianaplan-icg-response-09, which was
> transmitted to the ICG.  In that document the community sought to have
> some facts acknowledged as part of any IANA transition plan:
>   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
> Understanding this consensus, the IETF leadership have been
> negotiating with ICANN to include text to satisfy these points in our
> annual Service Level Agreement.  After some iterations, we arrived at
> text that we think captures the IETF consensus, but ICANN has informed
> us that they are unable to agree to that text right now.  ICANN told
> us that, in their opinion, agreeing to that text now would possibly
> put them in breach of their existing agreement with the NTIA.
> It is our view that the substance of the statements above is already
> part of our agreement with ICANN, and that we are merely elaborating
> details of that existing agreement.  We expect that as we continue
> towards the orderly winding down of NTIA's involvement in the IANA
> processes, our existing arrangements will be preserved, in keeping
> with IETF consensus.
> We will of course continue to assess the situation, agreements, and
> next steps, as well as developments in other operational
> communities. We think that the existing agreement between ICANN and
> the IETF makes good sense, and is good for the Internet.  The IETF has
> stated very strongly that it supports that existing agreement.  That
> strong support is a necessary condition for success, and we shall not
> waver in our commitment to the IETF's continued responsible
> stewardship of the protocol parameters registries.
> We note that the IETF community remains very satisfied with ICANN's
> current level of performance.  The existing supplemental agreement,
> from last year, continues until it is replaced.
> We welcome your thoughts about this situation.  We will continue to
> use the IANAPLAN mailing list for these discussions.
> Best regards,
> Jari Arkko
> IETF Chair
> Tobias Gondrom
> IAOC Chair
> Andrew Sullivan
> IAB Chair
> --
> Andrew Sullivan
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