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Username: Ron_Bennett
Date/Time: Wed, October 24, 2001 at 8:52 PM GMT
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Subject: Alternative Root Servers DEAD - end of story!


        Many of your posts appear to have little to nothing to do with ICANN.

Let me put another way:

Alternative roots are DEAD...after years of promotion, much by you, well over 99% of ISPs are still using "legacy" (ICANN sanctioned) root servers.

And now in a post September-11th world, stability of the DNS system is more important than ever. Domain name collisions present a serious national security risk as more people and agencies rely on the internet for critical communications; especially in light of the anthrax scares. Thus you can bet ICANN, the Dept of Commerce, and probably other agencies/groups will pull out all the stops to ensure domain name collisions don't occur - specifically ensuring major ISPs and backbone providers use only ICANN sanctioned root servers along with securing their local name servers to better prevent name "pollution".

Lastly, I recall posting about this topic well over a year ago on Domain-Policy and saying that ISPs, etc that use alternative roots, etc could actually face liability issues for name collisions/misrouting...this is now more true than ever.

RIP to alternative roots...end of story.



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