Lightly used IP addresses

Eric Brunner-Williams brunner at
Sun Aug 15 22:42:50 UTC 2010

On 8/15/10 6:25 PM, Tony Finch wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Aug 2010, Randy Bush wrote:
>> when the registry work was re-competed and taken from sri to netsol (i
>> think it was called that at the time), rick adams put in a no cost

when we (sri) lost the defense data network nic contract in may '91, 
disa awarded it to government systems inc., which eventually became 

>> bid to do it all with automated scripts.  hindsight tells me we should
>> have supported that much more strongly.
> I fear the abuse resulting from free domain registration.

the price point gsi set was $100/two-years, and later in litigation 
the portion earmarked to go a public agency was removed, resulting in 
the $75/two-year price point.

of the things to fear, that hadn't happened then, such as the 
determination that domains are marks (wipo i), and the ancillary 
exploits, keeping the cost at the green-stamp price-point of zero 
dollars and zero cents seems a pretty odd thing to fear.

yes, we f*cked by failing to keep the allocation mechanism profit neutral.


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