[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.
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