Government go heal they self!
It appears that HMG want to rescue more "control" over the internet... let us ask a couple of questions...
Q1. Since when was Nominet (or any other private company) supposed to implement Governmet "public policy"? Public policy is a matter for government and nothing to do with Nominet... There is nothing wrong with Nominet's governance... it just isn't what the Government wants... which appears more involvement/more control...
Q2. Before UK HMG goes throwing its weight around and attempting to "power grab" from Nominet for the TLD's that Nominet are in charge of... shouldn't they get their act in order and run their own bits of the internet name space properly first?
Take a look at the "gov.uk" TLD... it is dependant on the DNS servers from UK academic sites and Holland for its operation! Where are the government's own DNS servers? I do not see any entries like:
ns0.gov.uk or dns.gsi.gov.uk
root# dig gov.uk soa
; <<>> DiG 9.4.2-P1 <<>> gov.uk soa
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 45663
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 8, ADDITIONAL: 12
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;gov.uk. IN SOA
;; ANSWER SECTION:
gov.uk. 86400 IN SOA ns0.ja.net. jips-nosc.nosc.ja.net. 2008102960 28800 7200 3600000 14400
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS auth50.ns.de.uu.net.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS ns1.surfnet.nl.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS ns1.cs.ucl.ac.uk.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS auth00.ns.de.uu.net.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS ns2.ja.net.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS ns3.ja.net.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS ns4.ja.net.
gov.uk. 40836 IN NS ns0.ja.net.
;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
ns4.ja.net. 62535 IN A 126.96.36.199
ns4.ja.net. 59438 IN AAAA 2001:630:0:47::42
ns0.ja.net. 59983 IN A 188.8.131.52
ns0.ja.net. 59983 IN A 184.108.40.206
ns1.surfnet.nl. 59438 IN A 220.127.116.11
ns1.surfnet.nl. 59438 IN AAAA 2001:610:1:800a:192:87:106:101
auth50.ns.de.uu.net. 59438 IN A 18.104.22.168
ns2.ja.net. 145838 IN A 22.214.171.124
ns2.ja.net. 59439 IN AAAA 2001:630:0:45::11
auth00.ns.de.uu.net. 59438 IN A 126.96.36.199
ns1.cs.ucl.ac.uk. 59437 IN A 188.8.131.52
ns3.ja.net. 145838 IN A 184.108.40.206
;; Query time: 23 msec
;; SERVER: 127.0.0.1#53(127.0.0.1)
;; WHEN: Wed Oct 29 22:10:23 2008
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 488