IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG)
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News and Announcements

As the IANA contract as planned expired on Sep 30 2016, ICG has fulfilled our task and has now closed.

ICG Applauds Transfer of IANA Stewardship

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) applauds the transfer of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s (IANA) stewardship to the global multistakeholder community. With the expiration of the contract between the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), implementation of the IANA stewardship transition plan can be completed.

The ICG is proud to have coordinated a transition plan that upholds a widely shared vision for the Internet. The IANA stewardship arrangements in place as a result of the transition support the multistakeholder model of Internet governance, maintain the security and stability of the IANA functions, and maintain the openness of the Internet. Oversight over IANA is now fully the responsibility of the Internet community, as originally planned many years ago.

For more than two years, stakeholders across the globe worked tirelessly to develop and implement a detailed plan to secure the future of the IANA functions. The ICG is honored to have played its part and gratified that today, the Internet is functioning just as smoothly as it did yesterday.

With the expiration of the IANA functions contract, the ICG’s work is complete and the ICG will formally conclude its existence as a group. The ICG web site will remain archived at ianacg.org for future reference.

Summary of IANA IPR Public Comments

Seven public comments were received concerning the IANA IPR agreements.

The summary page has more information.

Call for Public Comment on IANA IPR Agreements

The public comment period for the IANA IPR Agreements is now closed.

A call for public comment has begun to seek community input on three agreements concerning intellectual property rights (IPR) related to the IANA stewardship transition:

  • IANA IPR Assignment Agreement [PDF,110KB | DOCX, 48KB]
  • IANA IPR License Agreement [PDF, 463KB | DOCX, 63KB]
  • IANA IPR Community Agreement [PDF, 223KB | DOCX, 53KB]

Comments are due by the deadline of September 12, 2016 at 23:59 UTC. Comments should be submitted via email to IANAIPRpubliccomment@ianacg.org. Commenters should clearly reference to which of the agreement(s) their comments apply.

The ICG web site is being used as a neutral site to host this call for public comment, but the agreements are not a product of the ICG.

The public comment page has more information.

ICG Welcomes NTIA Approval of Transition Proposal

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) welcomes today’s announcement from the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) that the plan for transitioning stewardship of the Internet Assigned Names Authority (IANA) meets the required criteria for the transition.

NTIA’s determination matches the ICG’s own conclusions. The transition proposal upholds a vision for the Internet that all of the communities represented on the ICG share. The proposal supports the multistakeholder model of Internet governance; maintains the security, stability, and resiliency of the Domain Name System; meets the needs of the customers and partners of IANA; maintains the openness of the Internet; and does not replace NTIA’s role with a government or inter-governmental organization. We are gratified that after rigorous review, NTIA’s assessment agrees with our own.

NTIA’s announcement underscores the strength of the work that went into developing the plan, and the depth of support the plan has garnered. Support for the plan is broad, deep, global, and diverse. Over nearly two years, hundreds of people from across sectors and geographies put in thousands of hours of work, joined conference calls in the middle of the night, and sacrificed holidays and weekends in support of the transition. This effort was unprecedented.

Beyond delivering a transition plan to the NTIA, the Internet community has continued to prepare for the plan’s implementation. The ICG has been pleased to see this ongoing implementation work carried out through open processes with different parts of the community collaborating together.

The care, attention, and effort that went into developing the IANA Stewardship Transition PIan was remarkable—mirroring the dedication and passion that have gone into so many aspects of the Internet’s development. And, yet, the measure of the plan’s success, once it is in place, will be how little changes for the billions of people who use the Internet every day. The ICG welcomes NTIA’s announcement as another step along this path and looks forward to the completion of the transition.

Plan to Transition Stewardship of Key Internet Functions Sent to the U.S. Government

News Release
10 March 2016

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Culmination of a Two-Year Effort by the Global Internet Community

Marrakech, Morocco… Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board Chair Dr. Stephen D. Crocker today submitted to the U.S. Government a plan developed by the international Internet community that, if approved, will lead to global stewardship of some key technical Internet functions.

“This plan is a testament to the hard work of the global Internet community and the strength of the multistakeholder model,” said Crocker, who transmitted the plan on behalf of the global community. “The plan has now been sent to the U.S. Government for its review, and assuming it meets the necessary criteria, we will have reached an historic moment in the history of the Internet.”

The plan provides a comprehensive package to transition the U.S. Government’s stewardship of these technical functions, called the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority), which are critical to the Internet’s smooth operation. It also proposes ways to enhance ICANN’s accountability as a fully independent organization. The transition is the final step in the long-anticipated privatization of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), first outlined when ICANN was incorporated in 1998.

The ICANN Board received the package from the community during its 55th public meeting in Morocco, and today transmitted it to the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA).

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ICG Transmits the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) announces today that it has approved the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal and has sent the final proposal for transmission to NTIA via the ICANN Board.

The ICG unanimously supports this proposal and recommends that all affected parties implement it. The ICG affirms that this proposal and all the related processes have met the criteria laid out in our charter and mandate, including the NTIA criteria.

Review/download the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal [PDF, 2.38 MB] | Français [PDF, 2.32 MB] | Español [PDF, 2.30 MB] | 中文 [PDF, 1.86 MB] | Pусский [PDF, 2.54 MB] | Português [PDF, 2.26 MB] | العربية [PDF, 2.55 MB]

ICG Announces Upcoming Conference Call

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its twenty-sixth call:

The community is welcome to attend by way of a listen-only mode Virtual Meeting Room: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/icg/ through which audio of the call will be streamed. Translations will be available through relevant Adigo Bridge dial-in numbers and Conference ID codes.

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ICG Announces Upcoming Conference Call

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has scheduled its twenty-fifth call:

The community is welcome to attend by way of a listen-only mode Virtual Meeting Room: https://icann.adobeconnect.com/icg/ through which audio of the call will be streamed. Translations will be available through relevant Adigo Bridge dial-in numbers and Conference ID codes.

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ICG Publishes Summary Report on Public Comments Received

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has published its summary report on comments received during the public comment period on the combined transition proposal:

Summary Report [PDF, 254 KB].

To view all ICG documents please go here.

To contact the ICG secretariat: admin@icgsec.asia