NTIA delivers blow to ICANN as Costa Rica meeting opens
While ICANN’s management of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions has been extended by six months, the organisation has effectively been put on notice following the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) announcement that it is rejecting all the bids it received to run the authority beyond March. Commentators have suggested the move could strengthen the objection powers of the Government Advisory Committee (GAC).
IANA oversees global IP address allocation, autonomous system number allocation and root zone management, as well as other internet functions. The authority has been managed by ICANN for almost a decade, under contract to the US Department of Commerce.
The looming renewal of the IANA contract has been viewed by some as offering leverage in the fight against gTLDs and, on Saturday (just as delegates were arriving in Costa Rica for ICANN’s latest meeting), the NTIA announced it was rejecting all the bids it received to run the authority beyond this month.
In a statement, it explained: “On November 10 2011, the Department of Commerce issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new IANA functions contract with a deadline of December 19 2011. The government may cancel any solicitation that does not meet the requirements. Accordingly, we are cancelling this RFP because we received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the global community. The Department intends to reissue the RFP at a future date to be determined so that the requirements of the global internet community can be served.”
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