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Internet standards

The IETF is the premier Internet standards organization. It follows open and well-documented processes for setting these standards. Once published, those standards are made freely available.

Improving existing standards and creating, implementing, and deploying new standards is an ongoing effort. The IETF's mission is to produce high quality, relevant technical documents that describe these voluntary standards. IETF working groups are the primary mechanism for development of IETF specifications and guidelines.