[ih] Funny how things work out

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 11:47:37 PST 2021


On 02-Feb-21 04:23, Dave Crocker wrote:
> 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.

Yes. The IAB statement was intentionally both vague and cautious. After all,
999,000 is still "thousands".
 
> 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.

My personal preference was none.

    Brian




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