Second level domains for individuals
Francis Dupont Francis.Dupont at inria.fr
Sat Nov 18 19:59:05 CET 1995
In your previous mail you wrote: There is a hot debate in Hungary. Some peoples want me to start registering second level domains for individuals. => This question was hot debates in DNS working group too. We have no (not yet ?) good solution but we understand well the issues. This applies to other problems with a lot of small domains, individuals (aka private persons) are only the worst case: - individuals can be put in a second/third level domain - this domain must be split (because an huge flat domain is bad for tech and admin reasons) and *more* the management of its sub-domains must be given to ad hoc organization (this *is* the real problem!). - one way is to use a geographical hierarchy (as US domain). It gives a nice split without problems but it is hard to involve local/regional authorities into DNS management (it is an half success but in fact you need only to give the first level, ie regional). The main drawback is the name (and E-mail address) changes when an individual moves. - the second way is to use an arbitrary split, for instance an hash on the name. It gives good and *stable* split but it can't solve the management delegation problem. - the last way is to put individuals into domains related and managed by ISP (Internet Service Providers). This has a *terrible* drawback: individuals will be *bound* to their service providers. Then I can't recommend this! There is no new idea ? Francis.Dupont at inria.fr PS: just for an example of the need of a solution of this problem: in France some CATV operators propose (experimental) access to the Internet to individuals using PCs and CATV modems (pre IEEE 802.14).
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