### Number: 156 From: Bill Spencer <BSpencer@peabodygroup.com> To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns) Date: 8/6/97 6:43pm Subject: re: Domain Name Issues Sirs and Mesdames: I understand that the Commerce Department is seeking comment regarding issues with the Internet's Domain Name system and its administration. I fervently believe that, without further administration or regulation from the governments (U.S. or UN), the commercial parties will solve this to their mutual satisfaction and to the successful usability by the world's populace. Computer users have a history of viciously eliminating bad solutions and rewarding good ones, using the capitalistic marketplace. In this particular case, should another company start issuing domain names, they will succeed only to the extent that they convince the rest of the Internet infrastructure to set their Domain Name Servers (DNS) to point to the issuing company. Similarly, Internet Service Providers (ISP) and other parts of the Internet infrastructure will have incentive to offer their subscribers as many domains as possible, yet to simultaneously offer only one unique resolution of a given domain name (i.e., one issuing company per domain) and to have an organized and efficient naming system. The same industry that reached the recent Digital TV solution, and historically a great many other ANSI, IEEE, ISO, and other standards, should have no problems achieving sufficient practical standards here. Keeping the government from having to worry about these standards will also lead to more flexibility as the technology inevitably evolves. Thank you for consideration of these comments. Bill Spencer 401 Crest Ave. St. Louis, MO 63122-5602 Bill5@lumencontrols.com 314-342-7504 (work) PS: I am a computer software design consultant (though I am only an Internet user, not a consultant in Internet design) with G.A.Sullivan, currently working at Peabody (Coal) Holding Co. I have 22 years experience in the software industry, and I am the holder of the domain name "lumencontrols.com".