The most curious turn of events to transpire from last week’s meeting about governance of the domain name system was the appearance – and subsequent disappearance – of a story in one of Mecklermedia’s web publications that alleged that the US Postal Service had gained support at the meeting for its plan to take control […]
The most curious turn of events to transpire from last week’s meeting about governance of the domain name system was the appearance – and subsequent disappearance – of a story in one of Mecklermedia’s web publications that alleged that the US Postal Service had gained support at the meeting for its plan to take control of the .us top-level domain name space. The story (US Postal Service bid to control the .US domains advances) appeared July 4 at internetnews.com and disappeared yesterday. It said the USPS asked conference participants to endorse its plan to map all street addresses within the United states to the .US domain. We were at the meeting and saw no such proposal raised, nor, it appears, did anyone else. At present the .us domain is controlled by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which will form the core of the new non-profit corporation currently being formed within the community to administer the DNS. We spoke to the USPS yesterday, which says it has submitted a proposal to the government, specifically the team led by Ira Magaziner that is looking at ways to encouraging use of the .us domain space to offer an alternative to .com. At present it is used mainly by state and local governments. But what was interesting was the USPS’ assertion that the government – not IANA – asked the USPS to submit a proposal, apparently ahead of everyone else, which is sure to upset many companies hoping to get a slice of the DNS registry market. Neither Magaziner or Becky Burr – the co-authors of the government’s DNS plan – were available for comment yesterday. The USPS says it expects the Department of Commerce to launch its request for comments about the .us on the web domain within four weeks. The USPS says it was unaware of any conversation, between its representative at the meeting, Carole Dobbs, and anybody that might have given the impression that the plan had widespread support at the meeting. After pressure from some in the community for a justification of the story, Mecklermedia pulled it yesterday and replaced it with another story containing the sentence, A proposal from the United States Postal service regarding control of the .US domain was not formally discussed, as reported earlier. Investigations by Gordon Cook of the Cook Report revealed that the report had been written before the meeting in Reston, Virginia even started, under the impression that such a move would definitely occur at the meeting.