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Questions regarding Sentan bid

  • To: net-rfp-sentan@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Questions regarding Sentan bid
  • From: scottcarson@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 15:59:48 -0800 (PST)

Dear .NET Bid Evaluators,

I write to raise a number of queries about the Sentan

1.      Neulevel does not have sufficient engineering staff
to run the registry.  Neulevel uses shared staff from
NeuStar to run its existing .BIZ registry, and will do
the same for the .NET registry.  Important and
sensitive data regarding registry operations will be
available to individuals at NeuStar, who are involved
in the telecommunications sector in a major way.
2.      Sentan has insufficient experience running a large
scale registry.  Neither of its partners has experience
running any registry larger than 1.3 million domain
names.  Further, neither company has any experience in
performing a large scale domain registry transition.
3.      Neustar introduced the wildcard service in its .US
domain, without any regard for breaking Internet
standards and legacy applications.  Its withdrawal of
wildcards in the .US domain, it is believed, came not
because the company believed that wildcards were
inappropriate, but because they had not provided the US
government sufficient notice of introduction.

The company?s history in unambiguously supporting
Internet standards, and taking community input prior to
a large technical introduction is very poor.
4.      The .BIZ and .US registry name servers suffer from
regular timeouts, and some of their nameservers are
routinely unreachable, as evidenced at RIPE?s DNSMON
5.      Neulevel has suffered significant personnel
attrition since inception, going from as many as 200
employees to as few as 20.

I hope that evaluators place careful regard to these
questions, and require Sentan to answer them in a
complete and satisfactory manner.

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