"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
"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
"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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