Looking around a bit, completely unscientifically and without
more than eyeballing things, it appears that this practice
is continuing, despite the back-pressure of a registration
fee levied by the InterNIC.

Sean, you misunderstand. The fee is not a back-pressure, on the contrary,
it is an IMPETUS. It's like this...

  Company: I want one of thos domain thingies.

  Internic: That'll be 50 bucks.

  Company: 50 bucks? I'll take 5 then; put it on my VISA.

This also, has the effect, before the fee, the Internic
could say one to a company, with now with the fee the are
on shaky ground, when combined with their trademark policy.
(if you own the trademark, and pay the fee, the probably
can't prevent you from registering as many a you want.)

It does ohav ethe positive effet of putting the cost
of domain speculation, into the non-trivial range.

issue on any front, and whether it really needs fixing
by perhaps us suggesting that subsequent domains be
charged on an exponential scale, with proceeds going
into the costs of maintaining the worldwide DNS, particularly
with respect to user-and-administrator education.

Someone posted some stats on com-priv a week ago that would indicate
that Internic is raking in $10 million per annum with the current fees.
Are you sure anything needs fixing here?

Hm... Internic is raking in "millions" with registration fees,
but the root name server operators are getting ZERO.
Yet, the real service that you are registering for, is
root name service, not the WHOISS database, (root name service
is even debateable, since most of the domains are in .com, but
the same machines serve .com as ., so its moot.)

If I were a root name server opeartor, that could cause
major havok, if I decided too, I would be asking Network Solutions,
aka internic.NET., where my cut is.

If all the root name servers, decided for just 1% of that
fee, or the'd drop "" out of the root zone files,
they could probably get away with it.

It would also solve the whole issue of resrouces to support root DNS.

(NANOG or I*-something-or-other); I'm just wondering
if I'm completely out-to-lunch on this one.

You have a good idea there in establishing a funding link between the
registrants of domain names and the people who operate the registries and
the root nameservers. Of course, most registries are already funded by
domain fees like the Internic's $50. The missing link is funding for the
root nameservers. Some people also feel that DNS registrations should fund
ISOC/IAB/IETF/IANA or some sub or superset thereof.
covers some of this as does the POISED95 WG

There is a very dangers path, because once anyone
can buy a top level domain form the root name server opeartors,
people will, how long before "@aol.", and "@home." show up?
About 2 seconds.

You would also need some sort of feedback into the referal rate,
but with good postive and negative caching that wouldn't be
a huge hurdel.

all clearly able to fit (at least for the moment) into

I think human beings like flat hierearchies. In management. In GUI menu
systems. And now in DNS. Certainly they seem to be more efficient in
management and in GUI menu systems and even B+ Trees vs. binary trees.
Maybe they really are more efficient in the DNS as well.

Flat space will fail when 50% of the humans on this planet
have their own domain. (You think Internet growth is bad now, just
wait until a Internet terminal can be had for $100, the $500 ones
are only a year or so around the corner, and based on
historical trends, the rgowth rate increases every time the
the price point drops. (Which could happen, 2.5 billion
people on the Net in 6 years...) (Assuming population
iof the Net is doubling every 9 months, like bandwidth, and
addressable hosts, and domains).

If people think this sort of thing is OK, I'll shut up now.

I don't think there really is anything that we can do about it other than
to accomodate it. I fully intend to have a couple of dozen domains just
for myself and run virtual WWW servers on my home LAN in the next century.
But by then that will be the normal state of affairs.

Luckyly, all the good names will be taken well before this
happens, and there just isn;t that much motiviation, for people
to get 6 different domains and pay for them when they look like
fsdhwue47.sdfj, etc.

We are quite limited by the fact that the DNS protocols seem
to limit us to [A-Z][a-z][1-0]-_. We would be really bad off
if the DNS implementers had used UNICODE.

The plans to open up the top level domain space by adding 15 or more new
international top level domains per year will make the landscape rather
more interesting. http://www.kirk.tlhIngan.alt :slight_smile:

Who has proposed this? I don't see it happening.
A. it won't scale
B. it looks ugly
Thus violating the two key reasons the DNS system is so popular today.

I think more TLD will be opened, but it will be for
a couple of reasons, first off some re-writes DNS so that
the clunky concept of a "root" name server is dead, then
the commerical giants buy Microtsoft, or your favorite software
vendor to implement the new protocol, and with their millions of users
for everyone elses network to work they would need to upgrade to the
new software to support "aol.".

The social reasons with regard to Paul Vixie's "dot envy", are quite
clear. I expect there to be a good bit of money made in the
"domain length shortening business".

I can see that ad now:
Domains R Us, get your domain shortened here. Be the envy of major
corporations and national governments, meet exiciting women
and make money in your new home based business, with Domains R Us.