DNS: Funny. The White Paper confirms most speculations!

DNS: Funny. The White Paper confirms most speculations!

From: Adam Todd <at§ah.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 21:36:08 +1000
I made some comments a few weeks back about the new IANA Inc and what it's
responsibilites might include.

Well it appears that, although I was harrassed and bagged for saying many
of the things, you shoudl be aware of the following:

 - IP addresses and Domain Names WILL BE managed by the new organisation.
   This could involve organisaiotns like APNIC actually PAYING for 
   management and allocation to the US Organisation.

 - A suggestion that seperate NAME and NUMBER councils be established to 
   ensure some kind of speration.  The recommendations would then be sent
   to the board of directors.

 - The Whitepaper clearing indicates that NO GOVERNMENT BODY, or international
   organisation (UN, ITU etc) will be significant in the new Corporation.
   However it does clearly indicate that National Governments can and should
   take full responsibility for the administration and management of their
   allocated ccTLD.  

 - The new corporation will be headed in the USA, only because there are 
   "significantly more DNS expertise in the United States."

 - The Green Paper proposed a 15-member Board, consisting of three
   representatives of regional number registries, two members designated
   by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), two members representing
   domain name registries and domain name registrars, seven members
   representing Internet users, and the Chief Executive Officer of the
   new corporation.   The recommendation is that the "two User Seats" be used
   "thoughtfully" to represent all the other people in the world, including
   the countries connected to the Internet.  (Who are you going to vote for?)

 - The UGS will not impliment any new gTLD's.  (This is no surprise.)

 - Funding will come from Regional Registries (.AU is a regional Registry
   be definition of the White Paper) and Number Assignment ORgs (APNIC)

 - IANA staff will make the transition to the new Corporation.  (Guess
   this means we'll need to start paying these people wages.  What $5
   a name or address block per year?  Maybe more??)

There is a little more, to do with Trade Mark owners and disputes, but
overall certainly no real surpises.  Most of my speculations were on the
mark.  Even the Interim Board Members and it's "Term Period" was pretty close.

I certainly wasn't wrong about IANA being turned into the new Corp (Sorry
David, Fleming was also on the mark here.

If anyone has any questions regarding this, please respond to me IN PRIVATE
by email to mailto:dns&#167;ah.net , if you would like to read the Whitepaper
itself, I can forward the URL, although there are plenty of news worthy
reports as listed below:

Date:         Fri, 5 Jun 1998 18:58:34 -0800
From: Ellen Rony <erony&#167;MARIN.K12.CA.US>
Subject:      Early media response to White Paper

Domain white paper comes up short (C/Net - June 5, 1998) -

Domain.Name: White House backs off (ZDNet - June 5, 1998) -

Proposed federal rules leave many issues unresolved (MSNBC - June 5, 1998) -

Fed domain plan defers decisions (C/Net - June 5, 1998) -

Magaziner: Domain consensus possible (C/Net - June 5, 1998 -

Links to these selected news articles have been set up at

Enjoy people.  Now the USG has made it's statement and thanks to certain
people egging the Minister for Telecommunications to get involved, (there
is a published response to the AU Submission - I'd say it's not exactly
"flattering") we might see AU being governmentally controlled after all.

Oh - and what about the CORE and it's members?  We'll I've been informed
that about 20 members have asked for their $10,000 to be refunded, not to
mention their $2,000 a month since November last year.  I speculated in
Jnuary that this might in fact have been funds received or collected with
intent to defraud.  I'm waiting to hear if anyone will take action.

I'd love to know if Melbourne IT will be asking for their $10,000 refund.
I spose Capital Networks in Canberra, Moniker and namedhost will also be,
eventually looking for their refunds too.

Ouch, $10K on a game of russian roulette.  I'd have put my $10K into CORE
if it had operational servers - like "that other group" some of you have me
talking about.

Anyway as this is an official position statement for the beneift of
Australian ISP's, and I'm sure only one of many opinons, (if you see any,
can you ensure the writers send me their comments directly, I'd hate to
miss something,) you will find my FULL sig below and of course that
"organisation's" URL that some of you just love to hate.

Onward with Domain Name competition.  And to those people who have been
writing to me about establishing a Free TLD, lets get cracking.  Now is a

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