Power grab could split the Net
By Declan McCullagh
October 3, 2005, 4:00 AM PDT
For the first time in its history, the Internet is running a real risk
of fracturing into multiple and perhaps even incompatible networks.
At a meeting in Geneva last week, the Bush administration objected to
the idea of the United Nations running the top-level servers that direct
traffic to the master databases of all domain names.
That's not new, of course--the administration has been humming this tune
since June. What's changed in the last few months is the response from
the rest of the world.
Instead of acquiescing to the Bush administration's position, the
European Union cried foul last week and embraced greater U.N. control. A
spokesman said that the EU is "very firm on this position."
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