Economist on Jon Postel

Dan Kohn (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 09:48:25 -0800

This article unfairly accuses Jon Postel of mismanagement. The IAHC
would love to allow competitive registrations for .com and .org, but the
InterNIC has a monopoly until the end of it's cooperative agreement with
the NSF in March 1998.

The Economist magazine in the Feb. 8-14 issue editorializes that
the "amateurs" -- including the IAHC and Jon Postel, the man who is
the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority -- should make way for pro-
fessionals to settle such matters. Who these professionals would be,
what their qualifications, who their nominators, the magazine does
not suggest.