Questions that need to be asked
I have read with great interest the recent news coverage discussing the .net bid as "the days of the internet being an American toy are well and truly over" without focusing on the incredible technical aspects of TLD control. Instead of the geopolitical impact, I urge ICANN to pay careful attention to the technical needs of the bidders. Specifically, I hope ICANN is making sure that the following questions are being asked of all the prospective companies. * Can the applicant fully support IPv6 provisioning, resolution, and transport? * Does the applicant have a comprehensive solution for implementing DNSSEC? * Will the applicant continue support of RGP, Consolidate and IRIS? * Has the operator demonstrated the ability for fail-over to a secondary facility? * How long will it take each applicant to have all necessary systems online? Will the applicant transition "critical" systems in a timely fashion but leave other important, but not critical systems, languishing? I hope these and other issues will be taken into account when ICANN is deciding the company that will manage the domain so many of us rely on. Sincerely, Joe Hruska President/CTO - Integrity Solutions, Inc.