Request for Proposal (RFP) SA1301-12-RP-IANA

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?


1 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]

End Times (the movie)

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Nelly Kroes on the IANA Contract RFP

Nelly Kroes, a member of the EU Commission, and its current Vice President, comments on her blog:

  • she lauds the multi stakeholder model, the attention to conflicts of interest, and the mention of the public interest;
  • she does say "The contract is still not perfect; for example, it’s still restricted to US companies, which is a shame given that the Internet is a resource for the whole world";
  • and she concludes "this is a big step forward in ensuring a fairer, global, transparently-governed Internet".

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DOC Solicitation Number: SA1301-12-RP-IANA

Solicitation Number: SA1301-12-RP-IANA
Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Synopsis: Added: Nov 10, 2011 6:59 pm
November 10, 2011

SUBJECT: Request for Proposal (RFP) SA1301-12-RP-IANA

Dear Interested Offerors:

The United States Department of Commerce (DoC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) intends to award a contract to maintain the continuity and stability of services related to certain interdependent Internet technical management functions, known collectively as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

The anticipated period of performance of this contract is April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2015.

This solicitation utilizes a Statement of Work (SOW). The SOW describes the work in terms of the required results and reduces the inherent instructions regarding "how" to accomplish the work.

Please send questions regarding the solicitation electronically via email to mdunn@doc.gov. All written questions must be received no later than 4PM Eastern Standard Time, November 18, 2011.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 4PM Eastern Standard Time, December 12, 2011.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to reviewing your responses to this RFP!

  1. SF33 Page 1
  2. RFP SA1301-12-RP-IANA Pages 2-34
  3. RFP SA1301-12-RP-IANA Pages 35-66

The question of Flamanville (Manche)

Sarko has already won next year's presidential election, as Holland is channeling, through Pierre Moscovici, that "François Hollande a pris un engagement que je redis ici : s'il est élu président de la République, nous ferons l'EPR de Flamanville" and "Nous ferons Flamanville, c'est une décision de François Hollande, c'est un acte de fermeté, c'est une position de principe, à condition bien sûr qu'il n'y ait pas de problème de sécurité".

Joining Moscovici are Michel Rocard and Arnaud Montebourg, and the Mouvement Républicain et Citoyen (MRC) candidate, Jean-Pierre Chevènement.

The narrow defeat of Martine Aubry, who championed the 35 hour work-week, spreading millions of jobs rather than creating mass unemployment, and universal medical coverage rather than maintaining structural illness and ill-health, by the "centerist" Hollande, in the PS primary, was unfortunate.

47% of the French electorate is now concerned about the fundamental safety of nukes, up from 45% at the start of the year.

Greg Mankiw's Blog

Re: a student critique of his intro class -- here and here.

Yesterday's Routing Circus

A contributing factor was a bug in JunOS 10.4, which responded to a broadcast BGP route with an invalid attribute by restarting BGP sessions or dumping core and crashing. Joy!

A summary is available here: Time Warner Cable outage traced to Level 3 router glitch and the vendor note follows in gory detail.
1. View Bulletin PSN-2011-08-327
2. Title MX Series MPC crash in Ktree::createFourWayNode after BGP UPDATE
3. Products Affected This issue can affect any MX Series router with port concentrators based on the Trio chipset -- such as the MPC or embedded into the MX80 -- with active protocol-based route prefix additions/deletions occurring.
4. Platforms Affected
5. Security
6. JUNOS 11.x
7. MX-series
8. JUNOS 10.x
9. SIRT Security Advisory
10. SIRT Security Notice
11. Revision Number 1
12. Issue Date 2011-08-08
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14. PSN Issue :
15. MPCs (Modular Port Concentrators) installed in an MX Series router may crash upon receipt of very specific and unlikely route prefix install/delete actions, such as a BGP routing update. The set of route prefix updates is non-deterministic and exceedingly unlikely to occur. Junos versions affected include 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4 prior to 10.4R6, and 11.1 prior to 11.1R4. The trigger for the MPC crash was determined to be a valid BGP UPDATE received from a registered network service provider, although this one UPDATE was determined to not be solely responsible for the crashes. A complex sequence of preconditions is required to trigger this crash. Both IPv4 and IPv6 routing prefix updates can trigger this MPC crash.
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17. There is no indication that this issue was triggered maliciously. Given the complexity of conditions required to trigger this issue, the probability of exploiting this defect is extremely low.
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19. The assertions (crash) all occurred in the code used to store routing information, called Ktree, on the MPC. Due to the order and mix of adds and deletes to the tree, certain combinations of address adds and deletes can corrupt the data structures within the MPC, which in turn can cause this line card crash. The MPC recovers and returns to service quickly, and without operator intervention.
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21. This issue only affects MX Series routers with port concentrators based on the Trio chipset, such as the MPC or embedded into the MX80. No other product or platform is vulnerable to this issue.
22.
23. Solution:
24. The Ktree code has been updated and enhanced to ensure that combinations and permutations of routing updates will not corrupt the state of the line card. Extensive testing has been performed to validate an exceedingly large combination and permutation of route prefix additions and deletions.
25.
26. All Junos OS software releases built on or after 2011-08-03 have fixed this specific issue. Releases containing the fix specifically include: 10.0S18, 10.4R6, 11.1R4, 11.2R1, and all subsequent releases (i.e. all releases built after 11.2R1).
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28. This issue is being tracked as PR 610864. While this PR may not be viewable by customers, it can be used as a reference when discussing the issue with JTAC.
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30. KB16765 - "In which releases are vulnerabilities fixed?" describes which release vulnerabilities are fixed as per our End of Engineering and End of Life support policies.
31.
32. Workarounds
33. No known workaround exists for this issue.

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Maori Trust borrows NZD2.6m to maintain 2degrees stake

via TeleGeography's CommsUpdate for today (8 November 2011).

According to ComputerWorld NZ, Te Huarahi Tika Trust has revealed its commercial arm, Hautaki Trust, has borrowed NZD2.6 million (USD2.07 million) from 2degrees’s majority shareholder Trilogy International Partners to maintain its minor stake in New Zealand’s third largest mobile operator. The information was included in the Trust’s annual report, released last week. Previously, during the twelve months ended 31 December 2010, Seattle-based Trilogy, which has a handful of investments in telecoms companies around the world, increased its own majority control to 58%; in February 2010 Trilogy gained Overseas Investment Office approval to take 100% control of 2degrees should the circumstances arise.
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Interest on the loan, which is repayable in five years, is set at 10.5%. Further, the loan is secured by ‘the shares acquired from borrowed funds plus an equal number of existing shares’. The Trust’s accounts reportedly show that the book value of the Trust’s shareholding in 2degrees rose from NZD8.87 million in 2010 to NZD11.47 million, but 2degrees director and Hautaki Trust board member Bill Osborne said the value of shares was shown at cost in the accounts, admitting: ‘They are already worth a lot more than the first lot that we paid for … At the moment the asset is just sitting in the share register, you only know the value of it when you sell it’. When questioned how the new shares will eventually be paid for, Osborne commented: ‘It’s an issue that the trust has on the table. The plan is to get more Maori involved in shareholding. One of the objectives from the get go was to get Maori more involved in the telecommunications industry and one of the ways of doing that is to get them owning shares’. Since 31 March 2011 the Hautaki Trust has subscribed to a further 4,185,752 shares in 2degrees, bringing its holding in its own right to 4.72%. However, the trust also provides ‘custodial services’ in respect of a further 19,498,240 shares on behalf of other Maori groups, bringing the total Maori shareholding in 2degrees to 10.5%.
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According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in early 2001 Hautaki (part of the Maori Spectrum Trust) was awarded both GSM and 3G frequencies. It went on to form a partnership with South Africa-based mobile group Econet Wireless International under the name Econet Wireless New Zealand (EWNZ). Plans for a quick launch failed to materialise however, with the cellco claiming it was being restricted by New Zealand’s unhelpful regulatory environment. Several name changes later, GSM services were finally inaugurated in August 2009.


One of the striking differences in the conceptualization of "treaty rights" between the North American common law legal regimes and the New Zealand common law legal regime is that under the former, particularly Canada, define "treaty right" to the material cultural at the point of epigraphic contact. Indians didn't have radios, so Indians have no share in radio spectrum. Not the case under the terms of the Treaty of Waitangi (Waitangi Tribunal Site(.

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