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    Re: Did Neustar Try to Shaft Competing Roots?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday March 27 2002, @07:54AM (#5583)
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    I think they have a valid point insofar as they point out the non-robustness of having fewer and less-widespread nameservers for .us. On the other hand, their complaint about the servers being within .biz, and thus unreachable by people who have configured their systems to use an "alternate" .biz instead, is just unjustified whining. Anybody who sets up a server to use names that aren't part of the official Internet is at risk of having parts of the Internet become inaccessible if any of the divergent namespace gets used in the real Internet. For instance, if I set up an intranet containing a host foo.bar.baz, then if some day the .baz TLD gets created for real and somebody else sets up a host foo.bar.baz, perhaps making it an important name server needed to access other sites, then I'm going to have trouble accessing it, and it's my fault for using a name that could get stepped on by a real name later on.

    Even though various alternative versions of .biz (there are at least two of them) existed before Neulevel's one, they had no official status, while Neulevel's has been granted a place in the official Internet namespace (regardless of whether you like or hate Neulevel or ICANN).
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    Re: Did Neustar Try to Shaft Competing Roots?
    by trademarklawyer on Wednesday March 27 2002, @08:02AM (#5584)
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    Knowing Neustar as I do, I think they are simply trying to leverage the investment made in .biz. I doubt they even considered if alternate roots would be impacted. (these alt roots are not on their radar screen)
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    OpenNIC is in the same boat.
    by Undecided on Wednesday March 27 2002, @12:10PM (#5595)
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    They took a vote on which .biz to accept last year. I wonder what they'll do about this.

    (I'm not too broken up over this, personally, since I've never had reason to look at a site in either .biz gTLD. So far, both .biz's are full of junk.)

    By the way, the link to ORSC paper isn't working. Somebody fix that! I want to read it, damn it!
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