Written questions to the DoC are due today at 2pm Eastern. Here's what I sent:
Prior related contacts have been Cost Plus, e.g., the original IANA function contact with USC’s ISI, the NIC function contract with SRI International, the NOC function contract with BB&N, etc. These have provided for the public interest without distortion due to revenue maximization or profit seeking.
The plan of record of the incumbent contractor, formerly “the New Corporation”, now ICANN, is to create an annual revenue of $20,000 for each new delegation from the IANA root,1 in addition to the approximately $20,000,000 in annual revenue it receives for the delegations from the IANA root which existed prior to its existence. This plan of record anticipates several hundred such units of recurring revenue, commencing in the second year of the proposed contract, subject to approval by the United States Department of Commerce (DoC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
As a private-party third-party beneficiary of services provided under the contemplated government contract, we estimate that ICANN’s present benefit from IANA function services is at least seven figures per year, and, when its plan of record is realized, closer to eight figures per year than seven.
Question 1: What is the incumbent contractor’s current year cost as represented to the Government to provide the IANA function? A line item breakdown would provide the greatest assistance for the preparation of a competitive bid.
The RFP anticipates a possible response from one or more Universities. We commend the government’s openness to the return of fundamental public interest activities to the academic institutions in which these activities originated. Given the planning cycle constraints on public and private academic institutions, and the restriction on (slightly modified) CONUS-ONLY bidders, we are concerned that the government’s intent may be frustrated by the limited time to respond, to what was, to most, 2 an unanticipated event.
Question 2: Will the government extend the response date to mid-January to allow greater bidder response?
Originally this amount was $75,000/annum, reduced after a meeting at between ICANN’s COO and the author at ICANN’s 33rd Public meeting in Cairo in November 2008.
2 We draw attention to our own comment earlier this year that the IANA functions were both separable, and usefully separated from the policy development entity, currently ICANN. [todo: link to original at NTIA]