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Good Timing for .COM Problems ?
From: Jim Fleming <JimFleming () unety net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 08:36:58 -0500

People might want to look on the bright side
of the recent failure by Network Solutions, Inc.
to properly distribute the .COM zone information.

This failure will likely make it clear that .COM, .NET
and .ORG should be moved to a collection of private, NSI,
TLD Name Servers and off of the legacy Root Name
Servers operated by the U.S. Government and a few

The failure comes at a time when the NSF has made
it clear that they are slipping out the back door of the
"Registry Industry", at a time when Network Solutions,
Inc. has recently relocated domain registration personnel
to a new building, and at a time when Network Solutions, Inc.
is raising more capital via an IPO and making it clear
that they intend to continue registering .COM domains.

The timing could not be better for this "failure". The
solution is clearly for NSI to harden the .COM, .NET
and .ORG TLD servers with their own infrastructure.

The various Root Name Server Confederations around
the world have little choice but to point .COM, .NET
and .ORG references to the NSI servers (currently
the legacy roots). Until other States besides Virginia
or other countries set up their own .COM servers, this
will be the case and NSI will have what some people
view as a "monopoly".

Jim Fleming
Unir Corporation

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