[ga] The IANA Function
Dear Ms. Cotton,
In our discussion of ICANN's funding issues, we have become aware of the fact
that the IANA is designed to operate on a cost-recovery basis:
"After the effective date of this purchase order, the Contractor may
establish and collect fees from third parties (i.e., other than the United
States Government) for the functions performed under this purchase order,
provided the fee levels are approved by the Contracting Officer before going
into effect, which approval shall not be withheld unreasonably provided the
fee levels are fair and equitable and provided the aggregate fees charged
during the term of this purchase order do not exceed the cost of providing
the requirements of this purchase order."
Accordingly, if fees are to be charged to the ccTLD community based on the
IANA function, it becomes necessary to know the aggregate total of the IANA
costs. Unfortunately, we cannot locate a figure for the IANA function in the
As you are the administrator of the IANA, perhaps you could tell us how much
is calculated as the annual cost of the IANA function. I am certain that we
could inquire of the Contracting Officer regarding the current fee structure,
but it is reasonable to assume that such facts are indeed at your fingertips.
Looking forward to your assistance in this matter,
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