Globalization of the IANA Functions Contract Explained

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You have probably heard some buzz lately about a recent announcement from the U.S. government about plans to transition oversight of the IANA functions contract to the global multistakeholder community. Headlines in the news have ranged from U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet to The Internet Is About to Take Its Next Giant Evolutionary Leap. Let’s take a look at what is really happening.

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A Process of Refining Policies

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The Atlanta PPC was a good example of the how the ARIN policy process works, it is a process of refinement. Proposals and draft policies go through multiple reviews and revisions before being accepted as Policy and added to the Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) or abandoned along the way.

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Still Testing in Production? Now You Can Test Your Code in ARIN’s OT&E

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ARIN has developed some very helpful tools to help users learn about, request, and manage IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) over the years. Our customers rely on things like ARIN Online and the Whois directory service to manage and monitor the resources their organizations hold. If your job entails keeping Internet number resource records up-to-date, you have most likely used these tools as well, perhaps even multiple times a day.

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Follow the Policy Path from Proposal to Adoption

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Today we will discuss eight draft policies, one recommended draft policy, and three policy proposals – and the success of each will be determined by the outcome of ARIN’s policy process. It can be difficult to follow what all the terms we use to describe the different steps in our Policy Development Process (PDP), so I’m going to try to help break down all these variations for you so you will know exactly what we’re talking about when we say “draft policy” versus “recommended draft policy” and so on.

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Setting a Customer Focused Approach

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ARIN isn’t an organization I can stay away from for long. I served a number of roles at ARIN over the course of 13 years, before moving to the Internet Society to implement new programs focused on deploying key Internet technologies. I was excited to have the opportunity to return to ARIN and lead efforts to hone our focus on the customer and improve the way we serve our community.

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How to Request an ASN from ARIN

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The ARIN Registration Services Department assists many organizations in obtaining Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). Last week you may have heard from the NRO that the global pool of available 2-byte ASNs is nearing depletion. But let’s take a step back. What is an ASN? Who needs one? Why? And how can you get one if you need one?

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