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Re: Domain fees to rise...

  • From: Jim Fleming
  • Date: Mon Sep 07 13:25:14 1998

-----Original Message-----
From: Dean Anderson <>
To: Rodney Joffe <>; NANOG <>
Date: Monday, September 07, 1998 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: Domain fees to rise...

>>Interestingly, the article continues to indicate that the additional fee
>>is, in fact, a tax, and the NSF's *agent*, Network Solutions, will
>>collect it on the Government's behalf.
>Hmm.  Well, if NSI is only an agent for NSF, then perhaps they are an agent
>for the DB as well.  What exactly is NSI doing as an agent for the NSF?
>Administering its records??  Perhaps a point for Karl to bring out in the
>next letter... :-)

The NSF has been very lax in its management of
the InterNIC. At one point in time, the Inspector
General of the NSF, Linda Sundro was trying to
figure out what was going on. If you read some of
her reports to congress, you will see that she was
not able to figure out what was really going on.
She has now resigned and a temporary IG is in

Recently, the Director of the NSF has been replaced.
The former Director, Neal Lane has supposedly
been moved to the White House to an office that
sounds similar to the role that Ira Magaziner has.
It is unclear why Neal Lane was moved, but letters
from him about Linda Sundro's activities show that
he was not cooperative with her attempts to figure
out what was going on.

The NSF has a $3.8 billion dollar per year (and growing)
annual budget. Some of that goes to MERIT and
helps to fund mailing lists like this. It is too bad that
the people at the NSF are lost in a sea of information
that they help to fund. Their solution seems to be to
stir the waters and make sure that the people and
story keep changing. The Congress apparently has
little or no ability to figure out what is going on because
they are kept in the dark in a boat floating on the
murky waters. If they stick their hand in the water
a shark might take it away. The Congress has not
figured out that the solution might be to drain the
swamp. With the NSF up to their ears in sharks,
their solution is to keep throwing the sharks more

Jim Fleming
Unir Corporation -
End-2-End: VPC(Java)---C+@---<IPv8>---C+@---(Java)VPC

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