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The Register: Country code chiefs, registrars mull ICANN breakaway

Nov 25, 2000, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"In what could mark the beginning of the end of the Internet's domain name system as used by world+dog today, some of the Internet's most important interests are actively mulling a move to alternative root servers. At last week's ICANN meetings in California, the country code chiefs formed a working group to explore the option of taking the name business beyond its control."

"The managers, who represent the .de, .uk etc domains, unanimously voted to look at three alternatives to ICANN's current proposals for managing country codes. And one of those options involves, as the Virgin Island's Peter de Blanc put it last week, "using the nuclear arsenal", and taking several million current, and several billion potential Internet users out of today's DNS system."

"But the country code managers aren't alone. The Register has learned that a number of top level registrars are also examining such a move, registrars largely drawn as far as we gather, from the pool of rejected global top-level domains (gTLDs) applicants who found themselves out in the cold last week. We'll examine how and why all these folk are thinking the unthinkable, and what could happen if they breakaway."

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