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Useful Announcements and Links Regarding the IANA Transfer

United States Government National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), Announcement of intended transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.


Announcement of the leaders of the Internet technical organization
The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government's announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.

ICANN announcement to launch a process to transition the role of the United States Government relating to the Internet's unique identifiers system:

ICANN High-Level Outline of the consultation process:


IANA Functions Contract

The IANA functions have historically included:

(1) the coordination of the assignment of technical Internet protocol parameters;
(2) the administration of certain responsibilities associated with Internet DNS root zone management;
(3) the allocation of Internet numbering resources; and
(4) other services related to the management of the .ARPA and .INT top-level domains. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) currently performs the IANA functions, on behalf of the United States Government, through a contract with NTIA.

Verisign Cooperative Agreement

VeriSign manages the authoritative root zone file under the Cooperative Agreement No. NCR 92-18742 with the United States Government. VeriSign's responsiblities include editing the file to reflect recommended changes, publishing the file, and then distributing the file to the root server operators.