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IAB Minutes 1995-07-19

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    Jay Allard
    Brian Carpenter
    Steve Crocker
    Robert Elz
    Elise Gerich
    Phill Gross
    Christian Huitema
    Erik Huizer
    Allison Mankin
    Jon Postel
    Yakov Rekhter
    Chris Weider
    Abel Weinrib
    Lixia Zhang


    Teleconference August 8, 10-12 EDT.



    • All: send comments to Phill on IAB page. (
    • Jon Postel and Paul Mockapetris: Post a final draft of the variance procedure.


    • Bob Moskowitz and Jon Postel: Take trademarks and domain names issue to the ILTF and report back on the outcome.
    • Christian Huitema: Edit escape clause to incorporate suggested changes and send out a last call to the IAB and IESG lists. [DONE, BUT NOT PUBLISHED]
    • Christian Huitema: Send note to IESG re. SC29 liaison.
    • Chris Weider: Make sure the information infrastructure workshop report gets published.
    • Christian Huitema: Contact ISO liaison re. relationships with other JTC1 organizations.
    • Lixia Zhang and Brian Carpenter: Study relationship of IP over ATM and int-serv work.
    • Christian Huitema: Prepare security “propaganda” (summary of what is going on in security coordinating with Jeff Schiller).
    • Jon Postel and Abel Weinrib: Develop a draft document outlining the rules, practices, etc. for the Internet Research Task Force.
    • Lixia Zhang, Yakov Rekhter and Phill Gross: Write discussion paper on the impact of commercialization on the Internet.
    • Christian Huitema: Write discussion paper on the integration of services and its impact on usage and models of usage.


    1. Agree on agenda.

    2. Review of outstanding action items.

    3. Elect a new chair.

      Brian Carpenter was unanimously elected. The new chair was speechless.

      The IAB expressed its deep appreciation of Christian’s skill and diplomacy as Chair during a particularly important period of the Internet’s development.

    4. The escape clause draft (where is it?).

      It was agreed that the procedure would be better named a variance, rather than an escape clause.

      The basic process has three steps: some body needs to decide that there exists a deadlock, some body has to propose a solution, there has to be an extended last call, and then some body needs to review the solution if there is a dispute. It was generally agreed that these bodies should be the IESG, the IESG, and the IAB, respectively.

    5. The “Best Current Practices” draft.

      BCPs are informational RFCs that go through IETF review (last call, IESG review) that describe best current practices.

      The consensus was that the IAB thinks this is a good thing–other than the awkward name.

    6. Request for guidance on rfc1814 (“unique addresses are good”)

      The IAB asked the IANA to respond to Kim Hubbard.

      The IAB endorses the IANA as the body to resolve regional issues.

    7. Information infrastructure IRTF research area and groups.

      Chris Weider spoke about the proposal to create an IAB study group and IRTF research groups to address information infrastructure issues. Many people believe that the IETF is the correct place to set standards in this area, but some of the issues still require research, so they should be started in the IRTF and moved into IETF working groups when ready.

Future Meetings.

    August 8, 10-12 EDT.
    It was agreed that in future we will hold regular teleconferences 10-12 US Eastern time on the second Tuesday of each month.

These minutes were prepared by Abel Weinrib, An online copy of these and other minutes are available online