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The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is pleased to welcome
you to this list of people with an interest in the formation of a new
IANA, as proposed in the U.S. Government's white paper on "Management
of Internet Names and Addresses."

You have been added to this list either because you responded to the
U.S. Government's green paper on "Improvement of Technical Management
of Internet Names and Addresses", you attended one of the international
meetings on the white paper, or you expressed interest in another way.

In order to focus efforts and facilitate consensus towards the
implementation of a new organization as expressed in the white paper,
we will be sending you various announcements and drafts for your review
and comments.

If you know someone who should be added to this list, please
have them send a message to with the line
"subscribe iana-announce" as the body of the message.

To remove yourself from this list, please send a message to with the line "unsubscribe iana-announce" as
the body of the message.

In order to provide some background information for the next messages
you receive, enclosed please find a press release and framework for
discussion that was posted on 25 June 1998 in case you did not see it
on the IANA web site at

IANA welcomes your public comments at <> and looks
forward to forging the future of the Internet together.




New Organization to Represent Commercial and International Interests,
Encourage Competition

Marina del Rey, Calif. (June 25, 1998) - The Internet Assigned Numbers
Authority (IANA) announced its support today for the "Management of
Internet Names and Addresses" recommendations from the U.S. Department
of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA). In a June 5 white paper, the NTIA recommended
creation of a new, international non-profit to replace the role the
U.S. government and IANA have played to date in the development of the

The new organization will privatize the domain name system (DNS) and
reach agreement among international interests in order to encourage
competition and global participation. IANA is striving toward the
consensus envisioned by the NTIA paper by working with representatives
from a wide array of organizations.

"IANA welcomes input from the many expected meetings, discussion
groups, electronic mailing lists, informal conversations and other
forms of communications. It is important for all stakeholders in the
current international and commercial Internet to work together toward
effective self-governance," said Dr. Jon Postel, head of IANA since its
formation in the early days of the Internet. Dr. Postel said that he
is delighted with the NTIA recommendation that responsibility for the
domain, address, and protocol assignment service - which have been
provided for many years by IANA - transfer to a new not-for-profit
organization with broad representation.

"The Internet was developed by a small group of university-based
individuals who have dedicated an enormous amount of time and energy to
create a robust system that remains stable while allowing tremendous
growth," said Postel. "In the last few years, we have seen dramatic
change fueled by international participation and commercial interests.
Clearly, all those interests must now be fully represented to take the
Internet to the next stage."

Under Dr. Postel, IANA will offer the historical and technical
expertise to maintain the stability of the global Internet during the
transition. He said he is committed to participating in the new
not-for-profit organization and to working with its chief executive
officer, who will be chosen by the new board. Dr. Postel is not a
candidate for that position.

A discussion framework and additional information are available on the
IANA web site at Public comments may be sent via email
to The white paper can be found on the NTIA web site



To begin the process of consensus formation on a new
organization as called for by the NTIA white paper on
"Management of Internet Names and Addresses", IANA suggests the
following key topics. This list is intended to stimulate

o The new organization should be a not-for-profit entity to
ensure the impartial central coordination of the Internet.

o The new organization needs to be operational by September 30,

o A functional framework for the new organization should be in
place before this time to allow for the continued stability of
the Internet.

o Broad international and industry consensus should guide the
formation of the new organization as it has done in the past.

o The new organization should be the central coordinator of
addresses, names, protocols, and the root server system of the
global Internet for the public good.

o The board of the new organization should represent
international and diverse interests.

o Councils of the new organization should handle the work of new
top-level domains, criteria for registries and registrars,
dispute resolution, and so forth. The board should insure
fairness and vote to implement recommendations brought forth
by the councils.

o Areas represented in the councils should include Internet
addresses, domain names, protocols, and user/industry.

o An interim board should be formed as part of the functional
framework of the new organization. The interim board should
handle the process for selecting the full-term board.

o The board should appoint a CEO.

Public comments may be sent to <>.


The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
P.O. Box 12607 Marina del Rey, CA 90295-3607

"Dedicated to preserving the central coordinating functions of the
global Internet for the public good."