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    Re: 1.ENUM
    by jamielove (james.love at cptech.org) on Wednesday May 01 2002, @04:51AM (#6102)
    User #3323 Info | http://www.cptech.org/jamie
    Could someone explain to non-experts like me what ENUM is, why I should care about it, and what if anything it has to do with ICANN?

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    by RFassett on Wednesday May 01 2002, @05:50AM (#6103)
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    let me take a stab, if you will - (and I am no authority on the subject):

    Consider 2 parrallel lines of communication. One being for voice and the other for data. ENUM allows these parallel lines to intersect. DNS, per RFC 2916, is the intersection. The theory is that every phone number on the planet could be poplulated into ENUM. Under this ENUM DNS model favored by the IETF, every phone number would then produce a fully qualified domain name. That's a lot of zone files. One end result is a voice call being routed over data networks via the behind-the-scenes DNS mapping scheme that points the domain name to the phone number when the call is initiated by an end-user. This can work in the opposite direction for e-mail.

    What does ICANN have to with this? Personally, I am not sure but you would think there is a place especially as this relates to the recommended .arpa TLD. It appears, for the U.S., that the Department of State is going to have greater influence upon ENUM implementation than DoC. So, I am personally unclear regarding the intended role of ICANN as this relates to ENUM. Hope this helps.
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