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Re: Good Timing for .COM Problems ?
From: MFS <michael () dook org>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:39:25 -0500 (GMT-0500)

On Sun, 20 Jul 1997, Jim Fleming wrote:

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

I beleive that 'volunteers' having the 'control' of the internet's domain
name space is in accordance with the *spirit* of the network.

Of course the network is 'run' by (usually) well paid individuals who
work for (sometimes) large corporations, BUT, standards, protocols and such
are created (via the IETF) by these (usually) well paid individuals who
work for the (sometimes) large corporations on a volunteer basis.

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.

Maybe I am sorely out of touch, but was NSI actually granted ownership of
com? This may sound like a flippant comment, but I am completely serious. I
may be out of touch here.

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".

I suppose that this central point of failure has it's positives, it
could be good if the com and net information is corrupted, NSI could reload
proper info on their servers and that would be that. BUT, NSI could corrupt
the data and NOT reload for several hours, rendering the root operators

Michael Stevenson
michael () dook org

Jim Fleming
Unir Corporation

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