Re: DNS: DNS Governance

Re: DNS: DNS Governance

From: Larry Bloch <larry§>
Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 23:05:16 +1000
>As long as all ISPs recognise that domains granted through a hierarchy
>leading back to the IANA at the top are valid, then DNS customers can
>expect other people on the Internet to be able to resolve their domain
>as long as it was approved through this chain of authority back to IANA.
>Of course some ISPs may choose to recognise other hierarchies as well.
> David Keegel <djk&#167;>  URL:
>Cybersource P/L: Unix Systems Administration and TCP/IP network management

David Keegel's point above is spot on. It includes the 'legacy' domains and
excludes .aus, and currently the so called 'gTLDs' etc. The delegated
authority flows down from IANA through both but as importantly, via
the INTERNIC licence contract to every owner of every subdomain of .com,
.net, .org etc.

So Ozemails authority to sell subdomains is identical to
MelbIT's. Both of these are "granted through a hierarchy leading back to

As far as 'official' recognition is concerned, the concept is reflexive and
requires a recognised authority. So far, that is not ADNA, although they
aspire to and may obtain this consensus. The only such Australian
'official' obtains his authority from IANA and Jon Postel, and has no
juristiction over anything other than .AU

Perhaps Robert would like to comment?


Larry Bloch                   
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Received on Mon May 25 1998 - 00:28:12 UTC

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