[NA-Discuss] address allocation, was Google Fiber

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Sun Jan 27 20:20:57 UTC 2013

> I thought number allocation was the business of the RIRs, and ICANN was
> names?

IANA, which is operated by ICANN, hands out large chunks of IP addresses 
to the RIRs, which then handle the suballocation to organizations in their 
respective regions.  All of the IPv4 space has been delegated to the RIRs, 
so it's hard to imagine how ICANN could influence future IPv4 allocation 
even if they unwisely attempted to do so.

For IPv6, the chunks are so large that it'll be years before the RIRs use 
up the chunks they already have.  They're currently using allocations they 
got from IANA in 2006.

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