back to article How d'you solve a problem like IANA? Internet captains wrestle over US power handover

The plan to transition the critical Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract away from the US government is going to miss its November deadline amid fighting over a key detail. The contract has been split into three separate functions. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has already finalized its proposal for …

  1. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Short form:

    ICANN's board members (past and present) has repeatedly demonstrated that they're only interested in lining their own pockets.

    The alternate grouping have repeatedly demonstrated that they're not only interested in lining their own pockets, but also to be able to use the Internet as a political weapon.

    If the US govt wasn't so dead set on NOT retaining IANA, the best course of action would be for it to remain where it is.

  2. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Perhaps the best approach is find a group that doesn't want the IANA job. Give it them. I'm always suspicious of any group that wants control... including politicians, lawyers, and certain mother-in-laws.

  3. Yes Me Silver badge

    Good summary, but...

    Thanks for a good summary of something complicated.

    The advocates of a separate company to hold a contract with ICANN haven't yet explained how that company would add value, since it would be structured as a non-profit US corporation... er, ICANN is already a non-profit US corporation. Why the new one would be more trustworthy than the old one is left as an exercise for the reader.

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