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Okay, it seems to me that people here perceive there is reasonable concern about on or more of the following intertwined but separable problems: 1. policies for the current mode of operation do not map to today's real requirements, or are unreasonable 2. there is no reasonable response time, things get delayed or even lost 3. the InterNIC is a US Federal instrument which makes them bad by definition Really fixing issue (1.) will require more than "I don't like X," it will require deriving solid guidelines with community consensus, and that take the global picture and its future evolution into account. I think it would be great is people would create better guidelines and get the service providers etc. to sign off on it. I suspect best would be a consolidated position coming from the IEPG, perhaps with NANOG taking the first cut? Issue (2.) I suspect to be a resource issue. May be the InterNIC should be held more accountable for their actions and submit weekly status reports (perhaps automatically generated?) or so of what they did. That would at least help for a better understanding of the work volume. Above and beyond that, I think the InterNIC registration service is run by a private for profit corporation, under contract to NSF. They will likely take money from private corporations to be used for allocating more resources to the handling of commercial requests. Why don't you all just fund a staff person (or however many it takes) for commercial service providers there, and make them accountable to your requirements? Also, how long does it take to get an Ethernet Type field or a 3 byte Ethernet address prefix? Who does that these days? IEEE? (3.) is perhaps harder, as we are dealing with perceptions here. I am not convinced that anyone is purposely trying to interfere with the requirements of private industry. I suspect it more to be a lack of guidelines with consensus, and general resources. Again, the RS is a private corporation, and in and of itself not "bad." Obviously there is a need for central coordination, and that may require more than one thinks at first, in terms of resources. Are you all prepared to pick that up? Would you, e.g., be willing to offer to NSF to pick up the InterNIC funding and make the RS accountable to private industry?