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First Meeting of the IAB as the Internet Architecture Board

18-19 June 1992

The minutes of the IAB meeting at INET ’92 in Kobe contain two items that, taken together, will have repercussions for years to come.

The first concerns the vote by the Internet Society Board of Trustees “to accept a recommendation from the Internet Activities Board to bring the IAB and all of its activities into the Internet Society”, whereby “[T]he IAB will serve as a technical advisory group of the ISOC, with the new name ‘Internet Architecture Board’.  The IETF [Internet Engineering Task Force] will continue to pursue standards-setting and other engineering activities under this new umbrella, and the IRTF [Internet Research Task Force] will continue to pursue research questions of importance to the Internet.”

The second item is a discussion of the impending exhaustion of the IPv4 address space. The repercussions from this meeting and the actions taken there are among the factors that will lead to the Process for Organization of Internet Standards Working Group (POISED) within the IETF, which, via various incarnations, will ultimately alter the relationship between the IAB and the IETF and clarify the relationship between ISOC and the IETF, among other outcomes.