Re: PAB POC report

Kent Crispin (
Sun, 7 Jun 1998 21:17:58 -0700

On Mon, Jun 08, 1998 at 12:19:59PM +0900, Masataka Ohta wrote:
> Kent;
> > The Green Paper was full of detailed policies. The White Paper is
> > almost empty. Everything is left to the IANA corporation to decide,
> The IANA corporation of the WP?
> Doesn't it mean that the US local IANA corporation decide the
> important details with the detailed restriction by US local laws?

In theory, that could happen. In practice I don't think it will
matter, any more than I think it matters that CORE is headquartered
in Switzerland.

It is very hard to separate national pride from the practical reality
in this issue. I think that Switzerland would be a much better
choice than the US, because it has a reputation for international
organizations that makes it a little easier to live with. But in
practical terms the place of incorporation doesn't matter much.
Further, it can be changed.

> Or, can a US-local congress pass a special law to allow US local
> IANA do anything?

The WP explicitly disavows special legal provisions for IANAcorp. It
is dimly possible that Congress will feel compelled to get in the
act, but it would be going against the WP if it did -- that is, it
would be operating at odds with the Clinton administration, and at
odds with a Gore administration, if one comes about.

There are no certainties here, of course. Things look better now than
they did a few weeks ago. But they are still a long way from perfect.

Kent Crispin, PAB Chair			"No reason to get excited",			the thief he kindly spoke...
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