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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) CENTR to IANA: procedural nonsense threatens the stability of the root
    posted by Mueller on Tuesday June 25 2002, @10:52AM

    Anonymous writes "Is IANA/ICANN legalistic behaviour undermining the operational stability of the root? The failure of KPNQwest, a major ISP in Europe, has generated uncertainty regarding the operation of a key authoritative name server in Europe. This has provoked many ccTLDs to initiate changes to their name server records in the root zone. The changes were submitted to IANA using the documented procedure.

    However, such requests have been denied if the ccTLD does not permit IANA to download their zone files routinely using an AXFR request."

    KPNQwest has been in a bankruptcy-proceeding since the end of May. KPNQwest was created after US company Qwest bought EUnet, the oldest commercial ISP in Europe. As a historic consequence of their early operational status many ccTLD's in Europe had their secondary root servers set up at EUnet. At least 60 ccTLDs were so configured.

    Some ccTLD's even have their primary DNS operated by this firm or on its network; e.g., the Czech Republic, Norway and Finland have important operational responsibilities delegated to KPNQwest.

    With the demise of KPNQwest nearly daily threads to pull the plug are made. ccTLD operators had an emergency need to transfer their secondary or primary servers to operate the networks. IANA refused, however, to make these changes due to a lack of AXFR access for ICANN, a requirement most ccTLD's did not even know existed.

    CENTR has made a quite angry contribution about this operational behaviour today. The bottom line is that IANA/ICANN's behaviour has really threatened the much hailed stability of the Internet.

    When legally educated people start to hinder a response to an operational emergency with legalistic procedures and waving of procedural matter, you know someting is wrong with their attitude.

    The IANA people who engaged in this behaviour must take responsibility. In the first real operational emergency that actually threatened the stability of the Internet to a substantive scale, they reacted entirely inappropriately.

    It is also the best way to alienate your last potential supporters.

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    Re: CENTR to IANA: procedural nonsense threatens t
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Tuesday June 25 2002, @11:21AM (#7459)
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    Stability means whatever ICANN wants it to mean to further their agenda. You know that.

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    Re: CENTR to IANA: procedural nonsense threatens t
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Tuesday June 25 2002, @11:49AM (#7460)
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    So, for a hypothetical example, ICANN could copy the expatriated .za zone file and pass it on the the South African government, or whomever? -g
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