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Username: rochford
Date/Time: Mon, March 12, 2001 at 2:03 AM GMT (Mon, March 12, 2001 at 1:03 PM EADT)
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Subject: TLDs could be like TCP ports or MIME types



You are absolutely right - there are only relatively minor technical obstacles in having a large number of TLDs.

TCP ports (at least until recently - they have a much smaller range available) were freely registerable by individuals who could show that they had a valid use for them. The same is true (still true?) for MIME types that are developed for different applications.

Obviously, there would be a number of policy issues involved in having a larger number of TLDs, but with simplified registration and minimum requirements, it should be fairly straightforward.

Incidentally, this would help resolve the and AlterNIC TLDs' status, since it would prevent duplicate TLDs from different providers, and encourage multiple registrars to compete in each TLD. It would also guarantee routability of addresses across the Internet.

Hopefully the money (!) that was paid for each new TLD would be used to support the root server system and future development of the DNS.

- Miles.


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