RBL quandry - opinions hereby solicited

From errors-nohumans@merit.edu Mon Nov 16 03:34 MST 1998
To: nanog@merit.edu
Subject: RBL quandry - opinions hereby solicited
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 02:17:36 -0800
From: Paul A Vixie <paul@vix.com>

I fully support you if you decide to blackhole Network Solutions.

I also support the revocation of their NSF contract for improper use of
the domain contact information entrusted to them.

This is another round from them, we got several copies of a hostmaster
$1000 seminar spam from them a couple of months ago.

I despise all spam, especially the scum eminating from Network Solutions,

It's time for somebody to take out the trash.

NSI needs to be fired for abusing our resources, in my opinion.

If they don't have enough bandwidth to handle whois requests and
TLD zone transfers to root-servers.net then they sure as hell don't have
enough bandwidth to be spamming us at our expense. Off with their head.

        Dan

Poppycock!

If you really believed this then you would be writing paper letters and
sending them via snail mail to your reps in Washington, to the NSF and to
the Department of Commerce.

How on earth can the government continue to issue the contract for such a
critical infrastructure component to a company that has proven itself,
time and time again, to be incompetent, both technically and at the
managerial level? There must be some kind of Washington backroom dealings
or bribery going on. Any one of the major Internet backbone providers
could do a better job than NSI.

And maybe it's about time that backbone providers band together and create
a consortium that could take over this responsibility from the government
since backbone providers have the proven operational expertise to run such
infrastructure. This includes the root nameserver system and the
registration database backend for generic TLDs and the whois system.

Their contract is already up. They are on a provisional extension
(expiring in Sept 99) until ICANN/whatever can get up and running and take
over from them. Of course, that's likely to take a long time, so NSI is
getting a de facto contract extension easily well into the spring.

Spammers should be investigated by Ken Starr!

Dean Robb
PC-EASY computer services
(757) 495-EASY [3279]