Internet Engineering Task Force

Open Internet standards organization

The Internet Engineering Task Force, or IETF, is the main organization that researches and promotes new Internet standards. It is an open volunteer organization.[1]

A Request for Comments, or RFC, is a document from the IETF. These are divided into several categories: Informational, Historical, and Standard-track. Only Standard-track are Internet Standards.


  1. "Internet Engineering Task Force", Scott Bradner, Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution, O'Reilly, 1st Edition, January 1999, ISBN 1-56592-582-3. Retrieved 21 July 2014.