RFC documents contain technical specifications and organizational notes for the Internet.
Internet-Drafts are working documents of the IETF, its areas, and its Working Groups. Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet-Drafts.
The global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other Internet protocol resources is performed as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions.
All IETF standards are freely available to view and read, and generally free to implement by anyone without permission or payment.
The process of creating a standard is straightforward: a specification undergoes a period of development and several iterations of review by the Internet community and revision based upon experience.
Internet-Drafts that have successfully completed the IETF review process are submitted to the RFC Editor for publication.