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Re: NTIA will control the root name servers?

  • From: John Levine
  • Date: Sat Jul 02 07:57:20 2005

>Is this operational or dross?

Both, but mainly it's a one page press release from the Dep't of Commerce:

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/USDNSprinciples_06302005.htm

ICANN exists because of a DOC contact which you can find at
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/

ICANN's leadership has long claimed and probably believed that the DOC
would eventually cut them free. Of course other governments have never
been thrilled that the root belongs to the US Gov't, but treatment of
country domains has in practice carefully avoided antagonizing
governments, dating back to the Haiti redelegation in the Postel era.

The DOC is merely saying "don't hold your breath."  Given ICANN's less
than stellar record, nobody should be surprised.

Regards,
John Levine, johnl@iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, Mayor
"More Wiener schnitzel, please", said Tom, revealingly.

PS: Anyone else going to Luxmbourg next week?