The DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks last October on the root system–hey, there are 13 global copies of that, and they’re all operating. It should scare people that nine of the 13 went down. It’s time for the Internet infrastructure to go commercial. On the core services of the infrastructure, it’s time to pull the root servers away from volunteers who run them out of a university or lab or some other level. That’s going to be an unpopular decision.
More than unpopular. That’s going to be received as a declaration of war.
It’s not a declaration of war; it’s a declaration of obvious needs for the network to mature; to being the infrastructure it needs to be if we’re going to run the economy on it–and we are. That’s why you’re seeing 10 billion hits a day on our network, and that’s why you’re going to see 20 billion two years from now. The global population deserves a commercially resilient and robust network and the supporting services underneath it; because of the way it grew up over the last 20 to 25 years, the Internet has pockets where that is not the case.
[…] Are you looking to monetize DNS lookups?
No. That base level of DNS (domain name system) response is an obligation we took on when we inherited that contract. But it would be commercially unreasonable for anyone to suggest that we shouldn’t be allowed to build incremental services on top of that if they deliver value.
Here’s a nice comment:
security (Score:5, Insightful)
by commodoresloat (172735) on Friday October 17, @04:46PM (#7243819)
The amazing thing is his argument is based on security; he asserts that commercialized root servers will be better for security. What is the evidence of that? Microsoft? He asserts that recent hacker attacks on the root servers (which took out 9 of them at once) were because they’re at universities and (one of them) in the military, but offers no argument as to why commercial ownership would be better. The whole thing has the tone of, it’s time to grow up and take the toys away from the little kids because they rightfully belong to us grownups, who will do better with them. His arrogance is beyond belief! And then he’s got the nerve to point out that security is more important than philosophical debates about commercialization of the net. Well, duh, but the only thing he’s got supporting his position is a philosophical assumption (without evidence) that commercial servers are more secure than publicly owned ones.