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Re: United States Says No! Internet is Ours!

George Mitchell (
Thu, 06 Oct 2005 14:33:21 -0700

Kenneth P. Stox wrote:

> Am I the only one who is ROFLMAO about this? There is nothing
> preventing other nations and/or organizations from setting up their
> own root servers. [...]

Anybody who wants to can set up their own name servers, and they don't
have to ever connect to the current root name servers. But few people
are inclined to do this. Ninety-nine percent of users will simply
configure their systems to use their ISP's name servers by virtue of
doing nothing: DHCP, the same protocol by which they receive their IP
address assignment, will also tell them the IP address(es) to use for
domain name lookups. Ninety-nine percent of ISPs will use the root
name server hints which were packaged with their own name server setup
packages, and guess where those hints will send domain name requests
for the root zone?

Various people have tried on more than one occasion to set up meaning-
ful alternative root name servers. None achieved wide acceptance, and
no one I know of has even tried in the last five years.

-- George Mitchell

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