Domain Rant

Karl Denninger karl at Mcs.Net
Fri Mar 21 20:25:17 UTC 1997

On Fri, Mar 21, 1997 at 11:57:43AM -0800, Vadim Antonov wrote:
> I do not think the domain issue is beyond the scope of NANOG.
> In fact, w/o working DNS the value of services provided by N.A.N.Operators
> is zero.  In other words, the domain insanity reached the level where
> it starts to impact the business of ISPs materially.
> In other words, it is in the interest of ISPs to step in and inject some
> sanity into how that vital part of infrastructure is being run.
> ISPs is the only party in the debate which actually has resources and
> enough business sense to make it a workable setup.  I strongly suspect that
> "expert groups" and "engineering task forces" have already demonstrated
> their unability to fix the problem.
> Now, to me it looks like CIDR movie rerun.
> --vadim


The problem is, who are the "ISPs" involved in this whole thing?

A half-dozen national megacorporations?  No.

The 2,000+ ISPs in the US who actually connect customers to the Internet?  

What do THEY want?  Choice, quality of service, and happy customers.

	One of *OUR* domains (MCS.COM) was wrongly terminated the other day.  
	They still claim we haven't paid.  We claim we have, and have
	cancelled checks to prove it.  We dispute who has paid for what 
	period of time.  Fine and well.  Except for one problem.  
		They never invoiced us.

	They have turned it back on after much shouting from our accounting
	department, pending us receiving something which commercially passes
	as an invoice so that a real investigation of who has paid for what
	can be figured out.

	How do you dispute a bill you never received?  You don't.

	How do you possibly validate using *EMAIL* for invoices without prior
	consent (ie: by default), as NSI does?  The obvious reason for this is
	avoiding the cost of running it through the postage meter at 32 cents 
	a crack, but heh, if I have to do that to invoice my customers in a 
	legitimate format, why not NSI?

	Email, especially email without a digital signature affixed, is too 
	easily spoofed to be commercially acceptable for this kind of thing.  
	I don't pay off email bills, because there is no documentation and 
	no paper trail.

	If audited, guess what -- I have to produce that paper.

Now let's look at the alternatives to the current mess:

1)	IAHC - Nice concept, but troublesome in many areas.  Jurisdictional,
	regulatory, due process, all kinds of problems.  Unknown costs at
	the CORE level, unknown budgets, single-model.  

	The worst problem is that if it sucks we can't "go around" it as
	the Internet has always done.  Why?  Because it is claimed to be 
	the only model which will exist AND THERE ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE 
	believe they CAN force NSI to play, or that NSI will voluntarily -- 
	and believe that NSI's recent press release backs up that view -- 
	but that's the claim.

	Costs? $20,000 to play in the lottery, plus $500,000 in hard assets 
	or a credit line for same.  This is a "big business" approach to the
	problem, and directly opposite how the net has been built from the
	ground up.

2)	eDNS - Open.  Consensual.  Multi-business-model based.  Build it
	and they will come (ie: how the net got where it is today).
	Operates on the principle that the policy of the root is to prevent
	market concentration (ie: monopoly) and collisions between TLDs, and
	nothing more.  The IAHC model and their TLDs (other than WEB and
	ARTS, which someone claimed first) are welcome.  The NSI model is 
	welcome.  Alternic is welcome.  Any other model, including a Freenet 
	who wants to run a registry, is welcome.  Lots of choices for 
	jurisdiction under which registrants can select from.  Lots of 
	business models to choose from.  Lots of different prices to be
	charged, and different levels of service assurance available for
	the fees assessed.  Due process as allowed or mandated by the laws
	governing the registry in question.  Fixed (zero) costs at the 
	root, fixed (zero) budgets. 

	$0 to play; based on rough consensus, working code, and a published
	policy for the world to view and evaluate *on its own*.

Which model SHOULD win?  

If you pick or support the IAHC model, then you had better be right -- because
the alternative is that the world collapses.

If you pick the eDNS model, you don't have to be right -- in fact, you don't
have to take a position on the "right" model.  eDNS supports all business
models, and believes that the "right" ones will survive *on their own*
without coercion being applied.

I think the choices are obvious, and the people who support the "fixed
model" rather transparent with their motivations. 

But of course, that's just my opinion.

I've said my peace on this.  Anyone on the "other side" who feels compelled
to get in the last word is welcome to do so.  Those who want more
information can get it through the web page below.

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