[Internal-cg] IETF response to the time frame inquiry

Jari Arkko jari.arkko at piuha.net
Fri Jun 5 10:39:50 UTC 2015

This is a response to a query regarding transition finalisation and
implementation time frames, sent to the IANAPLAN working
group list by the chairs of the IANA Transition Coordination
Group (ICG) on May 27th.

While I am carrying this response back to the ICG, the substance
of this response has been discussed in the IANAPLAN working
group and the relevant parts of IETF leadership. I believe this
response represents the (rough) consensus opinion that
emerged in the discussion, as well as the current state
of IANA arrangement updates that our leadership bodies
have been working on.

The IETF is ready today to take the next steps in the
implementation of the transition of the stewardship.
In our case, most of the necessary framework is already
in place and implemented in preceding years.

The remaining step is an updated agreement with
ICANN which addresses two issues. These issues are
outlined in Section 2.III in the Internet Draft

 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 of the protocol parameters registries
    or other resources currently located at iana.org.

The IETF Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) has
decided to use an update of our yearly IETF-ICANN Service Level
Agreement (SLA) as the mechanism for this updated
agreement. They have drafted the update and from our
perspective it could be immediately executed. Once the updated
agreement is in place, the transition would be substantially
complete, with only the NTIA contract lapse or termination
as a final step. 

Of course, we are not alone in this process. Interactions
with other parts of the process may bring additional
tasks that need to be executed either before or
after the transition. First, the ICG, the RIRs,
and IETF have discussed the possibility of aligning
the treatment of IANA trademarks and domains. The
IETF Trust has signalled that it would be willing to do this,
if asked. We are awaiting coordination on this
to complete, but see no problem in speedy
execution once the decision is made. From our
perspective this is not a prerequisite for the transition,

In addition, the names community has proposed the
creation of a 'Post Transition IANA' (PTI).  If the existing
agreements between the IETF and ICANN remain in place
and the SLAs discussed above are not affected, the IETF​ 
transition would take place as described above.  That is
our preference.  If the final details of the PTI plan require
further action from the IETF, more work and community
agreement would be required.  The timeline for that work
cannot be set until the scope is known.

Jari Arkko, IETF Chair
(reporting his summary of the situation)
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