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    Re: Will U.S. Ever Give Up the Root?
    by Anonymous on Saturday January 19 2002, @11:54AM (#4693)
    Let use be wary of semantic games here. There is nothing special about some "A" root server. What is special is the source of the root zone file that is used by a set of root servers.

    I could care less about who "operates" the computer that is the source of the root zone file. I do however care about who gets to control what goes into that file.

    And perhaps even more important is the ability to control the contents of the "hints" files that are distributed with systems (and often are never updated by system administratators and are often years out of date.)

    I'm not sure that anyone in the US Department of Commerce has the necessary knowledge to not be fooled by these distinctions. And we know that ICANN will take advantage of any such ambiguities.

    As for the US releasing control of the root zone file contents - We are living in the post Sept 11 era; there are US flags posted and flying everywhere. ICANN is a US corporation with agreements with the US government. It would be political suicide for any political appointee or elected official to relinquish US control over the DNS root.
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    Re: Will U.S. Ever Give Up the Root?
    by Anonymous on Saturday January 19 2002, @04:33PM (#4694)
    I think that everyone here would be more comfortable with the DOC having control over the DNS than ICANN. Imagine a system in which ICANN was subject to even less checks and balances. How much would Loius Tutton's law firm be getting then?
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