William Allen Simpson
wsimpson at greendragon.com
Mon Nov 1 16:53:51 UTC 1999
"Roeland M.J. Meyer" wrote:
> I might suggest that it will end when our infrastructure gets out of the
> red. It may surprise many to know that the major infrastructure has been in
> the red from day-one. Volunteer services are on the debit-side of the
> ledger. Without some offsetting credits, the entire system is off-balance
> and potentially unstable.
> Why does it not bother anyone that most of our top-level infrastructure is
> 1) Paid for, or subsidized, by USG/NSF funding
> 2) root-servers.net is strictly voluntary (and unpaid)
We will know that is a problem when we run out of volunteers. Until then,
it must be a "good thing".
> 3) IANA has no detectable revenue stream
Hmmm, I seem to remember that the ISoc/IAB/IETF is funding its share.
> 4) The BIND-master (Vixie) has to go begging for funding (ISC)
This is a crying shame. But, I thought it was working out. Am I uninformed?
> 5) IETF is strictly voluntary.
Goodness gracious, a founding principle! You would prefer what, instead?
> 6) Generally insufficient financial support for the whole mess.
> Why is that? In spite of all this, the system keep running. When they
> finally figure out that they actually have to take care of "brick and
> mortar" (you know, roof overhead and bread on the table) issues a bunch of
> whiners show up to complain.
WSimpson at UMich.edu
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