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    Re:How much would it cost?
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 20 2003, @10:39AM (#11352)
    The policy aspect (for instance the creation of new gTLDs, and "determining who gets to run CCTLDs" as you put it) is different from the operational requirement of running what is in essence a simple database. IE the question of who has the ability to modify the delegees database is different from who runs it, publishes it (i.e. constructs the root zone file), and processes policy-free changes (such as changing name-servers on ccTLDs). Plenty of people could do the latter efficiently. To date, ICANN has failed to do this cost effectively, as it has a lot of other expensive policy baggage which is not cost-ringfenced, and has confused the IANA function (operating of the database) with policy decisions (for instance by suggesting ccTLDs should have to allow ICANN to zone transfer in order to change a nameserver entry). ICANN has also failed to do the former (the policy side) essentially because it does not have widespread community support. It doesn't have (universal) industry support not least because of the former, and because the policy making process has hardly been effective to-date, and it doesn't have community support due to (a) lack of participation of an at-large community, and/or (b) lack of participation of governments. I write "and/or" as the debate as to whether governments are indeed the representatives of at-large internet users, or whether they require separate representation is interesting, but not germaine to the point I make. Lastly, ICANN's mechanisms for funding have always discouraged participation, and encouraged machiavellian politics - and not only on VRSNs part. ICANN appears to have finally realised this (at least to some extent) in respect of the ccTLDs (see latest budget published). The ccTLDs offered (see CENTR proposal) a long while ago to pay their share of funding an IANA database operation, and root-server operators costs, provided they were ringfenced, didn't come with strings attached about redelegation and binding policy (remember many ccTLDs have far more transparent policy forming procedures than ICANN), and some level of service was described. ICANN refused this offer. In consequence, they provided the service anyway (albeit badly), and didn't get any funding. This should surprise noone.
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