From: RFWaechter <>
To: "" <>
Date: 3/30/98 3:40pm
Subject: EFF comments of 23 March

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) comments to the Department
of Commerce
(DoC), dated 23 March 1998

I find the paper very interesting from a common citizen's viewpoint,
after having done extensive research on the topic of domain names and
securing one, for several months. The paper as a whole is essentially
on target, especially, regarding all the points made about Network
Solutions. To go beyond the inferences regarding NS, Inc. my research
about their activities and affiliations would make you stand up and
scream. NS is obnoxious and self-righteous. They will not disclose
information regarding "secretly" held contracts with others. One of the
others is Dun and Bradstreet - the Business Gestapo. It's truely
scarry, Folks! This whole Internet concept has been totally warped,
obscured and smells of, collusion and self-serving-interest-for-profit
by Network Solutions. Let's just put the internet back into the hands
of the taxpayer and the children of this country, and away from the
likes of NS, D&B and the rest of the taxdollar leech/profiteers of the

I do disagree, or find a debate, with several points in the paper from
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). These opinions represent a
different perspective and are available upon request.

1. Trademarks respected - a trademark is a tradmark under any cover...
2. Global inclusion - created, built and paid for by Americans, so...
3. Refunds - like whinning about the cost of the 1985 Mercedes when you
KISS - just apply it to reduce the cost of
new domainnames
4. Real Names - We have a right to know who you are for our childrens
safety and
and our own protection. Take responsibility for your
actions. No secret agendas, or masquerades here.
Complete the form as follows ...

Since noone asked...

My suggestion would be that the exploiters create an OuterNet, or
BusinessNet, not abuse the InterNet, and use their own financial
resources. This would give the People the Freedom of Choice. Our
ability to "freely" (without constraint) access Free communications is
already overly taxed and obscured by all the business activity and its'
clic-here(s), buttons, and shadows-behind-the-scene activities on the
backbone. Usage of the InterNet to freely express oneself translates to
a contradiction when there are so many constrictions slowing the system
down to a 300 baud pace. The future of the internet with regard to its'
character and characteristics should be addressed now with a little
foresight and wisdom that keeps pace with technology while retaining the
spirit of its' origin.

Ray Waechter,
Self-appointed Citizen's Committee ;)

...Boycotting Browser Bigots! ...Enjoying my HP Deskjet! Mercedes
...and OS/2!


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Date: 3/30/98 3:17pm
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RE: Comments on the Green Paper (Technical Management of Internet Names and Addresses)

NOTICE: The following is an automated response via

YES: I support and endorse CORE's 12-Point Action Plan in response to the Green Paper

NAME: Alexander Skwar
ORGANIZATION: Digital Projects
1. Immediately recognize IANA as the ultimate authority over the Root; allow it to continue operating as it has historically with no involvement of the U.S. Government and to evolve to a not-for-profit corporation with global consensus and without government hindrance

2. Create a board of directors for IANA from the world Internet community, based on the open, consensus-building process and standards promulgated by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Architectural Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and the Internet Society (ISOC)

3. Fund the new corporation through fees from domain name registries, regional registries, registrars and other mechanisms approved by its board

4. For future administration and marketing of the Domain Name System (DNS), create a two-tiered structure: non-profit Registries for the administering of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and country codes; and Registrars, either for-profit or not-for-profit, which will provide registration services to registrants worldwide in a competitive environment

5. Through the IANA board of directors, use the Internet Standards Process as outlined in RFC 2026 to establish technical and other standards for Registries based on the goals of: technical excellence; prior implementation and testing; clear, concise and easily understood documentation; openness and fairness; timeliness; and ethical standards as outlined in the gTLD Memo of Understanding (

6. Use the Memo of Understanding as the foundation for ethical standards to be agreed to by all Registries and Registrars; encourage comment and maintain an open process for its ongoing evolution and improvement

7. Based on approval by IANA, immediately add seven new gTLDs to the root and administer registration through the Shared Registry System (SRS) developed by the non-profit CORE Registry and already passed through acceptance testing; add more gTLDs as approved by IANA

8. To encourage stability, efficiencies, economies of scale and common standards among registries, CORE can provide Registry services to other gTLD Registries [AAA: delete this] and country codes; CORE will also make its SRS software available to any other non-profit organizations approved by IANA as a Registry for gTLDs

9. The U.S. Government should end the Network Solutions, Inc., monopoly on March 31, 1998, and open a public process for determining how Registry services will be administered for the gTLDs of .com, .org and .net without offering further monopoly protection or favored treatment to NSI.

10. Immediately convert NSI registry services to not-for-profit status; require that NSI open its SRS to all registrants on a cost recovery basis and operate within the same standards as all other registries; and require that NSI immediately hand over the authoritative root database and all coordination of the root server network to the control of IANA

11. Indemnify IANA against legal challenges

12. Ensure ongoing review and continuous evolution of all critical functions related to the Domain Name System through an open, public process carried out with international participation