So, where did ICANN fail the IANA RFP?

Updated The most significant Internet governance news this week has been the US government canceling the rebidding process for the crucial IANA contract because no one had met its contract criteria.

The impact of this news was immediately felt by ICANN, holder of the IANA contract. It meant that, despite having run the technical services that IANA represents for more than a decade, it had failed to meet the criteria to retain it.

Ironically, ICANN was given a six-month extension on the contract until the NTIA/USG has a chance to rerun the process. But the news led immediately to two big questions:

  1. Did anyone but ICANN apply?
  2. Why did ICANN's application fail?

We have spent the past two days trying to find out the answers to both - something made significantly harder by the fact that ICANN doesn't want to talk about it and currently claims it is not able to release any information about its bid; and the NTIA feels constrained by Federal procurement rules to say anything.

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