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Ad Hoc, eDNS, AlterNIC and the bunch

  • From: Jordan Mendelson
  • Date: Thu Apr 10 12:07:02 1997

Sorry to bring this up, it may be out of the confines of the NANOG realm,
but since the bulk of name lookups come from major network providers such
as Sprint, MCI, UUnet and the rest, this seems like the logical place to
post this.

Over the past 10 months, there has been escalating talk about the new self
appointed registries out there. Major news papers, magazines and other
periodicals have been publishing that "the change is coming". Ultimately,
the actual change rests at the hands of every user who runs a nameserver,
for they are the ones who actually have the root server cache. A recent
article in the Star Tribune, I believe stated that MCI is siding with the
Internet Ad Hoc society and is going to support these new registries. Now,
MCI is a major player in the US and if they actually DO start adding new
root servers to their cache, there might be a major change in the

I'm curious as to how many other network providers are even thinking about
changing their root server caches just because some self appointed society
tells them to. I'm confused as to how this sort of thing got SO out of
control. I have yet to see an article anywhere countering these people.

As a lot of you know, the Internet is all politics. What people see in
real life really effects them when they go online. I have talked to a
large number of people and they all believe that these new TLDs and
registries will be appearing in the next 3 to 4 months.

The people on this list have a tremendous amount of power to change the
Internet, but unless you use this force in real life to educate the
public, well... things like this will continue to happen.

If the Internet Ad Hoc society actually does convince everyone to switch
over, then there is a major problem. Does this mean any group of people
who wants to make rules and can get enough publicity can make it happen
without any sort of actual reasoning behind it? Can I declare an Internet
tax and if I get enough magazines to print it, actually do it?

This is a scary thought.


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