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Patrice Riemens on Tue, 16 Nov 2004 07:05:14 +0100 (CET)

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(bwo Vesna Manojlovic, with permission)



ITU Proposal to Change IP Address Distribution

As part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, a
proposal has been made that could dramatically affect the way Internet
number resources are distributed and managed.

On 21 October 2004, the Director of ITU-TSB published a memorandum, "ITU
and Internet Governance" for public comment. This memorandum includes a
proposal to create a new IPv6 address space distribution process, based
solely on national authorities. This could have a serious impact on RIPE
NCC Members, Internet operators and the global Internet community at

The Number Resource Organization (NRO), on behalf of the Regional Internet
Registries, has prepared a public response to the ITU memorandum detailing
the flaws of the proposal and the negative impact it would have on
Internet operations.

A summary of this response is available at:

The full response is available at:

The original ITU memorandum is available at:

We urge our members and others in the Internet community to make their
views about this issue known. Without your support being *visible* and
*explicit* the bottom-up, consensus based model on which the success of
the Internet has been founded may be replaced by the top-down bureaucracy
of "Internet Governance".

To show your support:

    *      RIPE NCC Members: Log in to the LIR Portal and tick the support box.
      If you do not have an LIR Portal account, please e-mail your
expression of support to contact {AT} ripe.net.

    *      Non-members: Please e-mail im-support {AT} ripe.net. An e-mail archive of
expressions of support will be available at:

    *	    ITU-TSB Members: Please also contact your ITU member state
representative to voice your concerns you might have.

Internet number resource distribution is fair and accessible to all. Its
policy development process is open and transparent. It works.

Let us keep it that way.


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