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Defining the Role and Function of the IETF-IANA

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Authors Geoff Huston , Scott O. Bradner
Last updated 2002-10-22
Replaced by RFC 6220
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This memo describes the role and function of the IETF-IANA. Many IETF protocols make use of commonly defined values that are passed within protocol objects. To ensure consistent interpretation of these values between independent implementations, there is a need to ensure that the values and associated semantic intent are uniquely defined. The IETF uses a single registry to register these protocol values and their associated semantic intent. In this memo the registry function is referred to as the IETF Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IETF-IANA). This document provides a description of this function and proposes that this description be adopted by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).


Geoff Huston
Scott O. Bradner

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