December 3, 2004

On .net redelegation

There's a lot of sound and fury about the .net redelegation.

One thing that people tend to forget is that the root servers themselves as well as the servers for the major top level domains are themselves named within the net domain.

An experiment should be performed to see what happens to the ability of the net to recover from a shock, in particular the ability of the DNS system to bootstrap itself, should the .net TLD servers be knocked out due to operational error or some other cause.

I don't have much faith that ICANN will actually perform such an experiment - ICANN has been remakably willing to make faith-based assertions about such things and to take us and the internet along for a blind walk along the clifftops - See my note "Driving Blind"

Posted by karl at December 3, 2004 2:49 PM