IAB recommended policy on distributing internet identifier assignment and IAB recommended policy change to internet "connected" status
RFC 1174

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Network Working Group                                            V. Cerf
Request for Comments:  1174                                         CNRI
                                                             August 1990

 IAB Recommended Policy on Distributing Internet Identifier Assignment
                                  and
      IAB Recommended Policy Change to Internet "Connected" Status

Status of this Memo

   This informational RFC represents the official view of the Internet
   Activities Board (IAB), and describes the recommended policies and
   procedures on distributing Internet identifier assignments and
   dropping the connected status requirement.  This RFC does not specify
   a standard.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Table of Contents

   Status of this Memo...............................................  1
   Overview..........................................................  1
   1.  Recommendation about Internet Identifiers.....................  2
   1.1.  Summary.....................................................  2
   1.2.  Introduction................................................  2
   1.3.  Proposed Method of Operation................................  2
   2.  Recommendation about Connected Status.........................  3
   2.1.  Summary.....................................................  3
   2.2.  Introduction................................................  3
   2.3.  Recommendations.............................................  4
   2.a.1.  Attachment 1..............................................  4
   2.a.1.1.  Summary.................................................  4
   2.a.1.2.  Background..............................................  4
   2.a.1.3.  Recommendation..........................................  6
   2.a.1.4.  Discussion..............................................  7
   2.a.2.  Attachment 2..............................................  8
   Security Considerations...........................................  8
   Author's Address..................................................  9

Overview

   This RFC includes two recommendations from the IAB to the FNC.  The
   first is a "Recommended Policy on Distributing Internet Identifier
   Assignment", that is, a suggestion to distribute the function of
   assigning network and autonomous system numbers.  The second is a
   "Recommended Policy Change to Internet 'Connected' Status", that is,
   a suggestion to drop the notion of connected status in favor of
   recording the acceptable use policy and traffic access policy for
   each network.  Included in this second recommendation is the explict

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RFC 1174       Identifier Assignment and Connected Status    August 1990

   suggestion that any registered network may be entered into the DNS
   database without regard to connected status.

1.  Recommendation about Internet Identifiers

   To: Chairman, Federal Networking Council
   From: Chairman, Internet Activities Board
   CC: IAB, IESG
   Subject: Recommended Policy on Distributing Internet
            Identifier Assignment

1.1.  Summary

   This document recommends procedures for distributing assignment of
   Internet identifiers (network and autonomous system numbers).

1.2.  Introduction

   Throughout its entire history, the Internet system has employed a
   central Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) for the allocation
   and assignment of various numeric identifiers needed for the
   operation of the Internet.  The IANA function is performed by USC
   Information Sciences Institute.  The IANA has the discretionary
   authority to delegate portions of this responsibility and, with
   respect to numeric network and autonomous system identifiers, has
   lodged this responsibility with an Internet Registry (IR).  This
   function is performed by SRI International at its Network Information
   Center (DDN-NIC).

   With the rapid escalation of the number of networks in the Internet
   and its concurrent internationalization, it is timely to consider
   further delegation of assignment and registration authority on an
   international basis.  It is also essential to take into consideration
   that such identifiers, particularly network identifiers of class A
   and B type, will become an increasingly scarce commodity whose
   allocation must be handled with thoughtful care.

1.3.  Proposed Method of Operation

   It is proposed to retain the centralized IANA and IR functions.

   The IR would continue to be the principal registry for all network
   and autonomous system numbers.  It would also continue to maintain
   the list of root Domain Name System servers and a database of
   registered nets and autonomous systems.

   In addition, however, the IR would also allocate to organizations
   approved by the Coordinating Committee for Intercontinental Research

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