RE: F means filtered ?

From: Jim Fleming <>
Subject: RE: F means filtered ?
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1997 11:58:07 -0600
Someone claimed that they could not access the public
Root Name Server operated by Paul Vixie and supported
by the U.S. Government and the National Science Foundation
via the InterNIC by the inclusion of the address of that server
in the root.cache file provided by the NSF/InterNIC.

Paul Vixie, the sys admin, for that server replied that
he could not see why this would be the case.

I asked Paul if he ever filters people's traffic to that
public Root Name Server. There has been no answer.

In my opinion, the U.S. Government and the NSF need
to investigate these matters. If that Root Name Server
is no longer valid, the U.S. Government and the NSF
should not be endorsing it. ISPs rely on the reliable,
stable, secure Root Name Servers and they rely on
the U.S. Government to provide them with information
on which servers are reliable.

In my opinion, the U.S. Government and the NSF have far more important
things to do. Many of these more important things will continue to
develop and strengthen the Internet infrastructure.

It is also worth noting that every U.S. Government or NSF research contract
I have read contains explicit language about the ideas generated through
the grant are not endorsed by the funding agency.