[discuss] So-called alternate roots (was: Funding for developing economies as an Ig policy issue? was Re:[ ] Time to be ...)

Phillip Hallam-Baker hallam at gmail.com
Sat Jan 4 01:31:22 UTC 2014

On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 7:50 PM, manning bill <bmanning at isi.edu> wrote:

> while andrew is correct from a protocol perspective,  ICANN has, over the
> years done a neat trick, called the registry/registrar split.  Most
> everyone was forced into this structure, until recently (last year)
> when ICANN allowed a single organization to (once again) be both the
> registry and registrar for a delegation.
> Which is handy, since otherwise someone might ask to see if the
> registry/registrar model applied to the root zone.
> There is _zero_ reason, from either a protocol or technical level why this
> would not or should not work.
> e.g. let ICANN be the root registry, but be bared from being a root
> registrar….  !!!!
I think it can be broken down further. The registry consists of maintaining
the zone file entries and publishing the entries. Only the maintenance task
needs to be done by a single contractor and there are many companies that
could bid on the contract.

The publication side need not be awarded to a single contractor who would
quickly become the only party capable of supporting the contract.

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