Who Defines Internet Protocols

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the standards body that publishes Internet standards. As a standards body, the IETF has done an excellent job defining reasonable standards in a timely manner. One of the reasons that IETF has been so successful is that it relies on working implementations for standards. That is, although some standards bodies hand down cumbersome standards before they have been implemented, the IETF takes a practical approach and often works with existing standards and software. The result is that the software is often available by the time the standard becomes finalized.

One of the interesting aspects of the IETF is that it is not a membership organization. You don't have to pay a ...

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