The root nameservers will be replaced August 1st

Michael Dillon michael at
Wed Jul 17 01:05:03 UTC 1996

If the information in the following message means what I think it means in
then somebody is colocating an entire new set of root nameservers at
exchange points within the USA if not internationally.

Can they do this? Or are they bluffing?

If you want to comment on issues related to top level domain names but not
related to network operations, please, please, please post those comments
to newdom at only even if it means replying twice to this message.
Believe me, you do *NOT* want to crosspost between NEWDOM and NANOG and
you do *NOT* want to attract these discussions into NANOG either.

Michael Dillon                   -               ISP & Internet Consulting
Memra Software Inc.              -                  Fax: +1-604-546-3049             -               E-mail: michael at

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 18:53:34 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Karl Denninger, MCSNet" <karl at>
To: newdom at
Subject: Re: Issues on the table
Resent-Date: Tue, 16 Jul 1996 20:25:51 -0400 (EDT)
Resent-From: newdom at

> >They're the official "top of command" for the root domain...
> Hypothetical, to help me understand:
> Says who?
> IANA runs their roots - what happens if AlterNIC gets enough people
> to recognize their roots, and serves out their own TLDs? Does the
> IANA have an enforcement branch?
> Please don't flame, I'm not trying to argue, just understand how this
> all works. Seems to me that 2 entities are trying to be in charge. IANA
> want to be in charge, and AlterNIC wants to share being in charge. Seems
> that it can't be both ways, but what if they're both doing it?
> Christopher Ambler
> President, Image Online Design, Inc.

Well, let's see...

What if someone, say Eugene, started showing up at major exchange points and
major ISPs with, oh, say, "root nameserver in a box" systems?

As in public root nameservers.

As in distributed, across-the-country, on every major backbone root

Which, among other things, outperformed and were more stable than the
current roots.

What do you think might happen? :-)

Hint:	This is not a hypothetical question.

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