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    Root Server Operators Planning to Add .XXX Anyway
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @10:09PM (#16044)
    Root Server Operators Planning to Add .XXX Anyway

    With or without ICANN, the Root Server operators
    are planning to add .XXX to make it more widely
    used. About 180,000,000 people, mostly in the .US
    currently can access it.

    Now that there are thousands of root servers all
    around the world, it is just a matter of time
    before more and more add .XXX. As it is entered,
    it spreads like a virus.

    http://www.isoc.org/isoc/conferences/wsi s/wgigcomments.shtml


    A clear benefit of the WGIG process has been the opportunity to share how things such as the root name server system operates. For instance, it now seems to be widely understood that the root name server operators do not determine the content of the root zone file, that no Internet traffic passes through the root name servers at all, and that these servers do not route Internet traffic. Furthermore, many root server operators now provide service from multiple locations using a method called "anycast" which increases the availability and resilience of the DNS system while providing increased benefits “in-region”. In fact, as of December 2004, there were root name servers being operated at more than 80 locations in 34 countries, most of them outside the United States of America. And, this number has grown considerably over the last 6 months and will continue to do so.

    This diversity and the distributed authority has been a critical element of the reliability of the root name service. We are happy to see that a consensus seems to be emerging that today’s arrangements have significant value to the Internet, as it is far from clear what value would be added by creating a new authority to oversee the root name server system. In fact, there is a real risk that this could weaken the robustness of the current operations by creating a single point of failure, or a potential target for capture and abuse. The costs of such an exercise, both in direct terms and in terms of the time and energies of those who would need to participate, do not appear to be sufficiently justified.
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