Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Technical Work of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
RFC 2860

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Network Working Group                                       B. Carpenter
Request for Comments: 2860                                           IAB
Category: Informational                                         F. Baker
                                                                    IETF
                                                              M. Roberts
                                                                   ICANN
                                                               June 2000

          Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Technical
            Work of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document places on record the text of the Memorandum of
   Understanding concerning the technical work of the IANA that was
   signed on March 1, 2000 between the IETF and ICANN, and ratified by
   the ICANN Board on March 10, 2000.

MoU text as signed

   MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING THE TECHNICAL WORK OF THE
   INTERNET ASSIGNED NUMBERS AUTHORITY

   1. This Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") defines an agreement
   between the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet
   Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Its intent is exclusively
   to define the technical work to be carried out by the Internet
   Assigned Numbers Authority on behalf of the Internet Engineering Task
   Force and the Internet Research Task Force.  It is recognized that
   ICANN may, through the IANA, provide similar services to other
   organisations with respect to protocols not within IETF's scope (i.e.
   registries not created by IETF or IRTF action); nothing in this MOU
   limits ICANN's ability to do so.

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   2. This MOU will remain in effect until either modified or cancelled
   by mutual consent of the Internet Engineering Task Force and the
   Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or cancelled by
   either party with at least six (6) months notice.

   3. Definition of terms and abbreviations used in this document.

   ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a
   California non-profit corporation.

   IANA - Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (a traditional name, used
   here to refer to the technical team making and publishing the
   assignments of Internet protocol technical parameters). The IANA
   technical team is now part of ICANN.

   IETF - the Internet Engineering Task Force, the unincorporated
   association operating under such name that creates Internet Standards
   and related documents.

   IAB -  the Internet Architecture Board, an oversight committee of the
   IETF. The IAB is chartered to designate the IANA on behalf of the
   IETF.

   IESG - the Internet Engineering Steering Group, a management
   committee of the IETF.

   IRTF - the Internet Research Task Force, an unincorporated
   association also overseen by the IAB.

   IRSG - the Internet Research Steering group, a management committee
   of the IRTF.

   RFC -  "Request For Comments", the archival document series of the
   IETF, also used by the IRTF and by third parties.

   ISOC - the Internet Society, a not-for-profit corporation that
   supports the IETF.

   4. Agreed technical work items.  ICANN agrees that during the term of
   this MOU it shall cause IANA to comply,  for protocols within IETF's
   scope, with the following requirements, which ICANN and IETF
   acknowledge reflect the existing arrangements under which the IANA is
   operated:

   4.1. The IANA will assign and register Internet protocol parameters
   only as directed by the criteria and procedures specified in RFCs,
   including Proposed, Draft and full Internet Standards and Best
   Current Practice documents, and any other RFC that calls for IANA

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   assignment. If they are not so specified, or in case of ambiguity,
   IANA will continue to assign and register Internet protocol
   parameters that have traditionally been registered by IANA, following
   past and current practice for such assignments, unless otherwise
   directed by the IESG.

   If in doubt or in case of a technical dispute, IANA will seek and
   follow technical guidance exclusively from the IESG. Where
   appropriate the IESG will appoint an expert to advise IANA.
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