Whose Internet is it?
Posted Sep 18, 2003 23:57 UTC (Thu) by Xman
Parent article: Whose Internet is it?
I hate to come out in support of Verisign in any way on this, but there are some issues with their current situation. Currently, when hosting a root server, your revenue is proportional to the amount of domains you host. While your costs are effected by this, they are also effected by the amount of queries you get. As it turns out, in the current "climate", the query count is going up much faster than the domain count. They actually petitioned ICANN to try to come up with a scheme by which they were compensated for increased query traffic, but ICANN wouldn't here of it. This current scheme they are running does mean their revenue will grow porportionally with the number of queries they get.
I suspect in the end, this move is probably going to just end up being a bargaining chip with ICANN. In 6 months not only will many of the top ISP's start blocking the service, but I suspect Versign and ICANN will start making some compromises which move them towards being able to get along.
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