Eyeball Networks and DNS (was: Re: Xfinity stale DNS)

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Thu Feb 18 14:44:55 UTC 2016

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Garrett" <chris at aperturefiber.com>

> An inadvertent DNS change was made on one of our domains yesterday. While the
> rest of the ISP world seems to be working correctly after propagation for the
> fix, I can not get Comcast / Xfinity to clear the stale records.
> Anyone have suggestions or experience in moving them along?

This has been a not altogether infrequent request for a couple decades,
all the way back to the time when I was the one who got bit in 96, and a
*phone call to NetSol* was the prescription.  :-)

But -- especially in a world where the people who operate eyeball network
DNS customer resolver servers hold the shape of the Internet in their hands,
and have been known to monkey with it (by, eg, flooring TTLs on records to
times much longer than you set, simply to reduce their own machine load) --
am I the only one who thinks that it might be time for a more formal solution
to this problem?

Certainly the technology isn't *that* hard to manage/deploy/invent at this 
late date...

-- jra
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