PAB Re: The formerly controversial sentence in the "Statement of

Dave Crocker (
Sat, 06 Jun 1998 22:13:32 +0200

At 12:40 PM 6/6/98 -0500, Phil Howard wrote:
>IANA currently has no such control, and never has. They have control over
>a set of decisions they can make, and there is recognition of their
>But there simply is no control of root servers they do not actually operate.

There is a set of machines that are universally called the root servers and
sometimes called the IANA root servers. There are some others that go by
various other names, such as alternative root servers. The contents of the
IANA root servers are directed by IANA and always has been.

That's as good a definition of 'control' as one is likely to get in life.


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