08-06-97 Electronic Filings on Internet Domain Names

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
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".