[wildcard-comments] On Verisign's DNS Wildcard Service
ICANN must act now to move the .COM and .NET zones to a more responsible service provider.
Verisign has been entrusted with the root zones for the two most popular GTLDs on the Internet. This is arguably one of the most critical pieces of the Internet's infrastructure. They have unilaterally subverted those DNS zones for their own financial gain.
For at least a week now you have had sufficient data from sufficiently authoritative sources to be able to prove the harm that Verisign's actions have caused to the Internet's infrastructure. Now is the time to act. Not tomorrow, or next week (and certainly not next year!). You must act now.
The urgency of this situation is not political or social, but technical. Many large networks are already installing patches to their DNS servers that route around the erroneous responses from Verisign's servers, but they do so at the expense of long-establish standards. Ad-hoc modification of long-standing standards must lead to unintended side- effects, and ultimately the failure of those standards.
If you fail to act now the damage will only get worse.
Bill Weinman Richardson, Texas