From: Angus <>
To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns)
Date: 4/5/98 5:45am
Subject: No more domain registration

I believe the current domain registration is sufficient, and the new top
level domain registration will create chaos and unfair to the people and
firms who are already registered. Keep the Status Quo.

Martin Eng


From: "Roeland M.J. Meyer" <>
To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns)
Date: 4/5/98 7:08am
Subject: Electronic Filing of Comments on Discussion Draft on Technical Management of Internet Domain Names

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Electronic Filing of Comments on Discussion Draft on Technical Management of Internet Domain Names


Roeland M.J. Meyer

President and CEO

Morgan Hill Software Company, Inc


With the many proposals and proposal variants, all of which are becoming lawyers "dreams". I thought it might be a good idea to re-visit the basics and maybe come up with something a tad simpler. I also realize that this sounds an awful lot like what's already on the table, so be it. However, I believe that I have introduced some simplification here.


My name is Roeland M. J. Meyer. I have been in the Computer and Information Industry for over 20 years. I have been involved, in various aspects of electronic communication, for most of that time. I am one of the founding Principles of Morgan Hill Software Company (MHSC), Inc, a Delaware corporation. MHSC also operates MHSC.NET, an Internet Service Provider (ISP). My resume', and the web pages of my company, are available on the Internet ( and My personal pages are at

I apologize if this submittal is not up to the academic rigor evidenced by some of your other submittals, but I am a businessman/engineer, not an academic. I hope that you will find this paper short and to the point. The future of my company depends entirely on the continued health and growth of the Internet. We feel that the Domain Names System (DNS), and its administration, is a vital key to that continued good health.

I also apologize, for this paper having been submitted late (3Apr98), I hope that you will accept it regardless.

Common understandings

As I am quite sure that you have read many papers, describing, in gruesome detail, how the Internet works, I will spare you those details. I will however, point out some salient facts.

a) We all agree that second-level domains (SLD), are locally administered, by a Domain Admin (DA), whom has authority for the SLD. The DA may delegate authority to sub-domains as they see fit.

b) There are some 240+ top-level domains (TLD) whose authority is in question, including .COM, .NET, etc.

c) I do not think that anyone would disagree with the statement that there is no real technical reason to limit TLD and that TLD limits are a large part of the current problem. The main problem is the claimed shortage of Domain Names.

d) There is no law making the TLD name-space exclusionary. In fact, there are many non-NSI supported domains; an example of this is the Australian Root Server Confederation (AURSC), AlterNIC, and others.

e) There is a REAL technical problem when names collide. Considering the scale

I believe that a referee is needed.

  1. Both country-code and category classification systems have failed. In many cases, a nation-state has no interest in running a TLD, and everyone seems to want to be listed in the COM TLD. Ergo, classification systems are pointless, or impractical, by dint of being rejected by the users.
  2. Trademarks and other legal issues threaten to tear the Internet asunder.



There have been a number of submittals suggesting various forms of policing the new registrar system. Of these, the best idea I have heard was that of a not-for-profit corporation. However, I would add an extra ingredient that would make the entire system self-policing. The registrants should be the majority stockholders in this corporation. Those who are directly effected by a system are often the best policing agents. I strongly suggest a private corporation, with the only voting shares being held by the registrants.

  1. A TLD registrar would be very nice here. Their function would be very simple, maintain the TLD name-space, operate the root-servers, and assign authority. That is all. It should be prohibited from doing anything more. So as not to become "in competition" with its own customer-base.
  2. Registration cost would be the annual budget, divided among the registrants.
  3. All TLD registrants would own ONE share, per TLD, in the corporation that actually runs the TLD registry. This way the registrants, in fact, own the Registrar, and therefore the Registry, in common.
  4. Annual meetings would be held to vote on things, like the annual budget. Proxies could be solicited/assigned/pleaded as in any other corporation.
  5. Any profits would be paid back out to the shareholders as any corporation would pay out dividends.
  6. All executive offices should be elective, as well as board seats.
  7. The Registry shall have no right to deny service to any potential registrant, other than for name-space conflict. However, all TLD registrants will be required to show a working public SLD registration system, within 6 months, of TLD registration, or lose the TLD. All registration fees are due on application.

I believe that this submittal cuts to the meat of the issue. I appreciate your consideration of these issues.

Morgan Hill Software Company, Inc.

Roeland M.J. Meyer, ISOC (RM993) President and CEO.