ICANN to allow commercial gTLDs

David Sparro dsparro at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 21:38:45 UTC 2011

On 6/18/2011 4:14 PM, John R. Levine wrote:
> If the USG operators said "sorry, the DOJ anti-trust rules don't
> allow us to serve a zone with .HONDA and .BACARDI", why would the
> the pressure be on them rather than on ICANN?  Nobody outside the
> ICANN bubble cares about more TLDs.

I think the most inclusive root zone will win.  Nobody is going to
complain to their ISP that the website http://civc.honda/ 'works.'  On 
the other hand if http://farmville.facebook/ doesn't...

> How do you propose to do that? The addresses of the roots are hard
> wired into the config of a million DNS caches around the world. If
> it came to a fight between ICANN and the root operators, it is hard
> to see how ICANN could win.

Yes, but that list will be replaced by the list found during the normal
query resolution process.  Therefore if one or two of the IP addresses
get replaced on the ICANN list of roots, the outsiders will get

I think that you'd need quite a few root server operators to join you in
your mutiny if you want to ensure victory.


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