From: Karen Rose
For: DNS Public File
Subject: Ex Parte filing -- Conversation between Elliot Maxwell and Bob Kahn
Date: May 7, 1998

On April 21, 1998, Elliot Maxwell (FCC) spoke with Dr. Robert Kahn via telephone regarding the proposed not-for-profit corporation. Their discussion focused on whether the new corporation should be a single entity with responsibilities for developing both domain name and number policy or whether two separate structures would be desirable.

Mr. Maxwell reports that Dr. Kahn felt strongly that the oversight of these two functions should be clearly separated and that this might be difficult to achieve if a single organization to were to oversee both functions. He sees IP numbering issues as being largely separable from those involving domain names, with major attention being required for research and implemenation of future identification systems. Mr. Maxwell reports that Dr. Kahn is concerned that if the two areas are jointly overseen, there might be an inclination on the part of the new organization to favor the current domain name system and perhaps impede the development and implementation of other naming or identification systems. In this view, domain names are a convenient form of identification, but their success should be based on their performance in the marketplace which will be affected by changes in technology or in customer needs. Dr. Kahn suggested that a relationship between the new corporation overseeing DNS and the IP numbering organizations may be advantageous, but he would not require it, leaving to the numbering bodies the choice of whether they wanted any particular relationship with the new DNS oversight organization.

Dr. Kahn also indicated that a scalable global registry was technically possible and its its, if properly structured, could allow a very large number of gTLDs (potentially as large as desired) as well as an equally large or even larger number of registrars He indicated that this was worth considering as a mechanism for evolving the DNS (and possibly other identificatgion systems) in the future.