[ih] Funny how things work out

Dave Crocker dhc at dcrocker.net
Mon Feb 1 07:23:32 PST 2021

On 1/31/2021 6:58 PM, Brian E Carpenter via Internet-history wrote:
> Back in early 1998, the IAB wrote to Ira Magaziner in response to the Green Paper that led to ICANN. Among other things, we said "On the other hand, a very large increase in the total number of gTLDs (say to thousands) would lead us into technically unknown territory." Are we there yet?

The pre-ICANN effort of the IAHC included a survey of various DNS 
experts.  While there was no consensus about the technical limits of the 
DNS or its operation, there was a pretty solid view that a couple of 
thousand TLDs would not be a technical problem.

The issue that seemed far more significant were the political and 
administrative barriers, which is why the IAHC recommendation suggested 
a modest start with 6 TLDs.


Dave Crocker
Brandenburg InternetWorking

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