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Volume 10: An Update on IANA Stewardship Discussions

31 August 2015
By Samantha Dickinson

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Deadlines for two key public comment periods fast approaching

The deadlines for the public comment periods for the two proposals that will soon be forwarded to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are fast approaching, with just over one week left for stakeholders to submit their views on the contents of the proposals:

  1. The Consolidated IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal by the ICG
  2. The 2nd Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations of the CCWG-Accountability

In addition, to enable the community the necessary time to prepare for the transition of stewardship after the proposals have been accepted by the community and NTIA, NTIA has announced that it will extend the IANA Functions Contract with ICANN for one year, ending 30 September 2016.

Consolidated IANA stewardship proposal

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) public comment period for the Proposal to Transition the Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the Global Multistakeholder Community [PDF, 2.1 MB] ends on 8 September 2015.

The proposal and the form for submitting comments are now available in all 6 United Nations languages plus Portuguese (see links below). To date, there have been twenty-four responses received. The comment period will close on 8 September 2015.

How to submit a public comment before the 8 September deadline

  1. Use the online form (AR | EN | ES | FR | PT | RU | ZH)
    After you have submitted the form, you will receive an automatically generated email asking you to click a link to confirm your submission. Your comments will then be posted to the archive of public comments.

  2. Send an email to public-comments@ianacg.org using the optional template (AR [DOCX, 29 KB] | EN [DOCX, 28 KB] | ES [DOCX, 28 KB] | FR [DOCX, 28 KB] | PT [DOCX, 50 KB] | RU [DOCX, 29 KB] | ZH [DOCX, 27 KB] )
    After submitting your comments you will receive two emails: the first confirms receipt of your email; the second confirms your comments have been posted to the comments archive.

Key links

  1. IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal: AR [PDF, 3.9 MB] | EN [PDF, 2.1 MB] | ES [PDF, 4.0 MB] | FR [PDF, 3.9 MB] | PT [PDF, 3.5 MB] | RU [PDF, 5.6 MB]| ZH [PDF, 4.8 MB]
  2. Call for public comments
  3. Archive of public comments received
  4. Archives of webinar briefings on the proposal:
    • Slides: AR [PDF, 2.2 MB] | EN [PDF, 1.9 MB] | ES [PDF, 302 KB] | FR [PDF, 282 KB] | PT [PDF, 281 KB] | RU [PDF, 1.8 MB] | ZH [PDF, 1.9 MB]
    • 6 August Adobe Connect
    • 6 August audio recording: AR [MP3, 18.2 MB] | EN [MP3, 18.4 MB] | ES [MP3, 18.4 MB] | FR [MP3, 18.6 MB] | PT [MP3, 18.7 MB] | RU [MP3, 18.7 MB] | ZH [MP3, 18.7 MB]
    • 6 August transcript: EN [PDF, 241 KB] | ES [PDF, 262 KB] | FR [PDF, 264 KB]
    • 7 August Adobe Connect
    • 7 August audio recording: EN | ES | FR | PT | RU | ZH


The public comment period for the 2nd Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations [PDF, 2.6 MB] by the Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) closes on 12 September 2015. The proposal is now available in all 6 United Nations languages plus Portuguese (see links below). To date, nine public comments have been received. One of the submissions, from the ICANN Board, notes that the Board will develop its own set of comprehensive comments and suggestions on the proposal based on:

  • Briefings sought from ICANN's external counsel's inputs on the proposal. The briefing, [PDF, 539 KB] by Jones Day, has been submitted to the public comment mailing list
  • Analysis by independent third-party experts on governance on the governance impacts of the proposal, including considerations of how the proposal may impact the balance of the stakeholders in the multistakeholder model within ICANN today

A subset of ICANN Board members met with ICANN staff members during the week of 24 August to discuss the CCWG-Accountability proposal. Following this, two teleconferences were organized for the CCWG-Accountability and the ICANN Board to discuss the proposal in more detail. The first teleconference will be held on 31 August, where the CCWG-Accountability will brief the Board on the 2nd draft proposal. The second teleconference, to be held 2 September, will be an opportunity for the Board to share its feedback on the proposal. Observers can listen in to the teleconference via Adobe Connect.

The Board will submit additional comments based on the above inputs to the public comment forum before the comment period ends. Meanwhile, the CCWG-Accountability's legal counsel, Sidley Austin and Adler & Colvin, are conducting a preliminary review of the Jones Day briefing, and hope to submit the preliminary review to the CCWG-Accountability on 1 September.

How to submit a public comment before the 12 September deadline

  1. Consider the CCWG-Accountability's three questions when developing your submissions
    • Do you agree that the CCWG-Accountability proposal enhances ICANN's accountability?
    • Are there elements of this proposal that would prevent you from approving it transmission to Chartering Organizations?
    • Does this proposal meet the requirements set forward by the CWG-Stewardship?
  2. Send an email to comments-ccwg-accountability-03aug15@icann.org
    When you receive an automatically generated email asking you to confirm your submission, please follow the instructions in the email to ensure your comments are submitted to the archive of public comments.

Key links

  1. 2nd Draft Proposal on Work Stream 1 Recommendations: AR [PDF, 3.3 MB] | EN [PDF, 2.6 MB] | ES [PDF, 1.2 MB] | FR [PDF, 1.2 MB] | PT [PDF, 1.2 MB] | RU [PDF, 2.1 MB] | ZH [PDF, 1.4 MB]
  2. Call for public comments
  3. Archive of public comments received
  4. Archives of webinar briefings on the proposal:
    • Slides: AR [PDF, 607 KB] | EN [PDF, 593 KB] | ES [PDF, 603 KB] | FR [PDF, 589 KB] | PT [PDF, 592 KB] | RU [PDF, 630 KB] | ZH [PDF, 667 KB]
    • 4 August Adobe Connect
    • 6 August audio recording: AR [MP3, 20.8 MB] | EN [MP3, 20.8 MB] | ES [MP3, 20.8 MB] | FR [MP3, 20.8 MB] | PT [MP3, 20.8 MB] | RU [MP3, 20.8 MB] | ZH [MP3, 20.7 MB]
    • 4 August transcript: EN [PDF, 260 KB] | ES [PDF, 238 KB] | FR [PDF, 264 KB] | PT [PDF, 186 KB]
    • 7 August Adobe Connect
    • 7 August audio recording: AR [MP3, 24.1 MB] | EN [MP3, 24.2 MB] | ES [MP3, 24.0 MB] | FR [MP3, 21.6 MB] | PT [MP3, 21.1 MB] | ZH [MP3, 23.7 MB]
    • 25 August Adobe Connect
    • 25 August audio recording: AR [MP3, 23.7 MB] | EN [MP3, 23.8 MB] | ES [MP3, 23.8 MB] | FR [MP3, 23.7 MB] | PT [MP3, 23.1 MB] | ZH [MP3, 24.1 MB]

Extension of IANA Functions Contract

On 17 August, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it had informed the U.S. Congress that it planned to extend the IANA Functions Contract with ICANN for one year until September 30, 2016. In the announcement, NTIA explains that:

"Beyond 2016, we have options to extend the contract for up to three additional years if needed. This one-year extension will provide the community with the time it needs to finish its work."

IANA-related intellectual property rights

An area of ongoing discussion related to the ICG's Consolidated IANA Stewardship Proposal has to do with the future of where the IANA-related trademarks and domain names will be held – referred to in the discussions as the IANA IPR. Of the three operational community proposals, only the numbering resources community, in its proposal [PDF, 266 KB] developed by the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal Team (CRISP Team), documented a concrete suggestion for keeping the holder of IANA's IPR separate from the operator of IANA functions. The CRISP Team proposal states:

"It is the preference of the Internet Number Community that the IANA trademark and the IANA.ORG domain name be transferred to an entity independent of the IANA Numbering Services Operator, in order to ensure that these assets are used in a non-discriminatory manner for the benefit of the entire community. From the Internet Number Community's perspective, the IETF Trust would be an acceptable candidate for this role."

The protocol parameters community, via the IANAPLAN working group, found this an acceptable way forward and the IETF Trust confirmed it was willing to take on the task, if requested. The names community proposal, developed by the Cross Community Working Group Develop an IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal on Naming Related Functions (CWG-Stewardship), did not contain any specific proposal about how to handle the IPR. On 15 August, the ICANN Board announced that ICANN is:

"…Prepared to transfer full ownership of the IANA-related trademarks to a neutral third party mutually agreed among the operational communities with the understanding that ICANN, as the current IANA Functions Operator, will be granted license to those trademarks and ICANN will maintain operational control of the IANA.ORG domain for as long as ICANN remains the IANA Functions Operator."

On their 20 August call, the CWG-Stewardship agreed that the IANA IPR can be held a by neutral third party. The CWG-Stewardship sees its position on the IANA IPR as consistent with the other two proposals. Requirements for the neutral third party can be coordinated with the other communities in implementation. The CWG-Stewardship committed to issuing a statement before the close of the ICG public comment.

Drafting of updated ICANN Bylaws

Both the proposals of the CWG-Stewardship and the CCWG-Accountability include changes to ICANN's Bylaws. Below is a summary of the most recent developments:

  • On 11 August, Sidley Austin sent the CWG-Stewardship a draft matrix [PDF, 55 KB] of ICANN Bylaws, designated and set out in the CWG-Stewardship Final Proposal.
  • On 19 August, the co-Chairs of the CCWG-Accountability formally requested ICANN's general counsel, John Jeffrey, to begin working with the CCWG-Accountability's external counsel to draft language to include the Affirmation of Commitments [PDF, 1.9 MB] (AoC) reviews into ICANN Bylaws, as defined by the CCWG-Accountability and in line with the agreed-upon process (see attached for full reference).

IANA stewardship in the news

27 Aug 2015

The IANA Transition: The Work Ahead, Centre for Democracy & Technology [EN]

19 Aug 2015 U.S. Maintains Control Over Internet Governance for a Bit Longer, Buzzfeed [EN]

18 Aug 2015

Fim da supervisão da IANA pelos EUA é adiada para 2016, IDGNOW [PT]


США сохранят за собой контроль над интернетом еще на три года, Интерфакс [RU]


Les États-Unis prolongent d'une année leur tutelle sur l'Icann, Le Monde Informatique [FR]

12 Aug 2015

Erste Vorschläge vorgestellt, Domain Recht [DE]

Upcoming key dates

1 Sep 2015

CCWG-Accountability teleconference #51, 12:00 UTC

2 Sep 2015

CCWG-Accountability dialogue with ICANN Board, 22:00-1:00 UTC

3 Sep 2015

CWG-Stewardship Teleconference #64, 11:00-13:00 UTC

8 Sep 2015

CCWG-Accountability teleconference #52, 19:00 UTC


Public Comment Period on ICG's IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal closes

10 Sep 2015

ICG teleconference #22, 5:00-06:30 UTC

12 Sep 2015

Public Comment Period for CCWG-Accountability's 2nd draft of ICANN accountability enhancements (Work Stream 1) closes

15 Sep 2015

CCWG-Accountability teleconference #53, 6:00 UTC

17 Sep 2015

CWG-Stewardship teleconference #65, 17:00-19:00 UTC

18-19 Sep 2015

ICG Face-to-Face Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, USA

23 Sep 2015

ICG teleconference #23, 11:00-12:30 UTC

30 Sep-15 Oct 2015

CCWG-Accountability's 2nd and final proposal (Work Stream 1) presented to ALAC, ASO, ccNSO, GAC and GNSO for their approval.

7 Oct 2015

ICG teleconference #24, 19:00-20:30 UTC

18-22 Oct 2015

ICANN 54 including: ICG Face-to-Face meeting and presentation of proposals for IANA stewardship and ICANN accountability enhancements (Work Stream 1) to the ICANN Board for subsequent transmission to the NTIA

Week 1, Nov 2015

ICANN Board transmits IANA stewardship transition and ICANN accountability (Work Stream 1) proposals to NTIA

You can play a role in IANA's future…

Anyone can participate in discussions about the future of IANA's stewardship and ICANN accountability. For information on joining CCWG-Accountability, contact accountability-staff@icann.org.

Compiled on behalf of ICANN by Samantha Dickinson | 31 August 2015


Samantha Dickinson