Call for Comments on ICG’s Draft IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has published its draft IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal for public comment.

Comments can be provided via an online form or by emailing until 8 September 2015 at 23:59 (UTC). Comments need not be in-depth, even simple statements of support are appreciated. All comments received will be publicly archived.

More information can be found on the ICG’s public comment page.

The ICG will also be hosting two webinars to discuss the proposal on 6 and 7 August 2015.

The ICG’s proposal integrates the three separate proposals developed by the names, numbers and protocol parameters communities. The Internet Number Community’s Proposal was submitted to the ICG by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team back in January 2015.

The Internet Number Community’s Proposal

In the Internet Number Community Proposal, ICANN continues as the IANA Functions Operator for the IANA Numbering Services. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) between ICANN and the RIRs would be used to ensure that the IANA functions continue to be performed to the Number Community’s requirements. An independent review panel, made up of representatives from each RIR community, periodically reviews ICANN’s performance in meeting these identified service levels.

Key priorities here were ensuring stability, security, reliability, quality of service and community empowerment. The community is very satisfied with ICANN’s performance as IANA Functions Operator and, as ICANN’s role is lightweight and purely administrative, there was no need for the proposal to introduce additional operational complexity.

More detail can be found in the following infographic.

The CRISP Team and the NRO Executive Council are enthusiastic about the progress on the transition so far, and confident that the proposal reflects the will of the Internet Number Community.

Next Steps

Following the public comment period, the ICG will work on finalising its proposal and intends to publish the final document in October 2015, during ICANN 54 in Dublin. The ICANN Board of Directors will then deliver this document to the NTIA for review.

Throughout these next steps, it is important that the Internet Number Community continues to express its views. You can join the NRO IANA Transfer Mailing List ( to follow the discussions and updates on the process will be published on

Last modified on 27/10/2015