RE: Internic address allocation policy

@ On Mon, 18 Nov 1996, Jim Fleming wrote:
@ > @ relationships with key suppliers and customers. The Internic IP registry
@ > @ is a key supplier for any large ISP and that means if they have not
@ > @ developped a relationship with the IP registry people during their early
@ > @ days, they will run into this sort of problem when they need the IP
@ > @ registry's help.
@ > Hmmm...develop a relationship...are people getting married ?
@ Yes. In order to succeed in business you must develop relationships with
@ key suppliers that are much like marriage relationships.
@ > or just trying to get a government clerk to assign some numbers ?
@ Government clerks are not involved here.


Once again, I do not think that you have your InterNIC facts straight.
While I understand that you might like to "spin" things up there in
Canada so that Internet users think that there is no U.S. Government
involvement in the Internet, the facts speak otherwise.

Also, suggesting that people hire a consultant (as opposed to an
attorney) to help them cut through the Internet red tape, gives the
impression that these are technical problems. This is misleading
and will not help people acheive their goal.



The InterNIC is an abstract entity of the National Science Foundation
(NSF) which is funded by the United States Government.
(Note the .GOV top level domain below as a clue).

The InterNIC was originally composed of THREE contractors.
  General Atomics - Information Services
  AT&T - Data Base Services
  Network Solutions, Inc. - Registration Services
General Atomics was removed by the NSF after a panel of experts
reviewed their performance. AT&T and NSI remain. For some reason
the "spin doctors" keep trying to make people think that NSI and
the InterNIC are one and the same. This is not the case.

The person most responsible for the InterNIC and all of its operations
is Dr. George Strawn of the U.S Government funded, National
Science Foundation. Dr. Strawn was recently appointed to the IAHC
<> and also recently reported to the Federal
Networking Council Advisory Committee (FNCAC) on the status of
registries, etc. <>

The FNCAC advised the NSF to get out of the registry business, but
that is not going to happen very quickly. For one reason, there are
tens of millions of dollars at stake, which are supposed to be spent
on Internet infrastructure. Someone has to account for all of that money
and make sure that it is properly managed. The NSF can not walk
away from that "government" responsibility.


Dr. George Strawn
Division Director, Division of Networking and Communication Research and Infrastructure
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1175
Arlington, VA 22230

Phone: (703) 306-1950
Fax: (703) 306-0621


In my opinion, anyone that can not get "customer" satisfaction
from the InterNIC should contact Dr. Strawn. He and his staff
are responsible for those operations and contracts.

If you still can not get satisfaction, you should check out the
Office of Inspector General of the National Science Foundation.
Unlike the Internet Government being formed by the various
I* organizations, the U.S. Government has already worked through
many of the problems that can arise when a few people make
arbitrary decisions about huge sums of money or valuable
resources. The OIG provides an appeals body and a direct
link to the U.S. Congress.


Office of Inspector General

On February 10, 1989, the National Science Board established
NSF's Office of Inspector General (OIG) in compliance with the
Inspector General Act Amendments of 1988 (Public Law 100-504).
OIG recommends policies to: promote economy, efficiency,
and effectiveness in administering NSF programs and operations;
prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in
NSF programs and operations; and prevent, detect, and handle
cases involving misconduct in science.

OIG is headed by the Inspector General (IG), who reports directly
to the NSB and Congress. The IG is independent and may not
be prevented from carrying out any audit or investigation or
issuing any report. Under the law, the IG has the authority and
responsibility to conduct audits and investigations involving any
NSF proposal, award, program, function, system, or operation.
In support of these responsibilities, OIG has statutory authority
to subpoena or otherwise obtain all records, files, reports,
documents, or any materials needed to perform audits and

If you need further information or want to discuss confidentially
any allegation or suspicion of misconduct in science, fraud,
waste, abuse, or mismanagement, please contact the
appropriate Assistant Inspector General or the Counsel to
the Inspector General.

Office of Audit (703) 306-2001

Investigations (703) 306-2004

Oversight Activities (703) 306-2006

Legal Issues (703) 306-2100

Hotline (703) 306-2004

Electronic Mail Hotline


The above "government" agencies can be very helpful in obtaining
the Internet resources that you need allocated from the InterNIC.
Any U.S. citizen or company that does not take advantage of
these agencies is wasting their tax dollars (and their time).

U.S. taxpayers are funding the above agencies and the employees
of those agencies, and their contractors, should treat the taxpayers
as customers. It has been my experience that the NSF clearly
understands this "relationship" agreement and can make things
happen very quickly at the InterNIC.