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[rpd] [members-discuss] Afrinic Court Updates

Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at
Wed Dec 1 23:52:02 UTC 2021

In message <03B8CEE3-23E6-4701-B2F5-24F548AA61E6 at>, 
Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:

>Individual RIRs are monopolies unless they have an inter-RIR transfer

1) The issue of inter-RIR transfers is irrelevant.

2)  I think that it would be more accurate to say that whoever owns or
controls the DNS servers that are authoritative for the
domain is the "monopoly", and that the RIRs are merely the regional
subsidiaries therof.

3)  Where I am, the local water company is a so-called "natural" monopoly,
and I am not persuaded that this is a Bad Thing.  I would not like it if
every home had to provide hookups for multiple different sizes of water

4) If anyone feels that the owner/operator of the DNS servers that are
authoritative for the domain/zone are operating an -illegal-
monopoly, i.e. one not sanctioned by law, they are free to sue those
folks, or that organization, in the U.S. under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.


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