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
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.