Wired News on .ly

Dan Kohn (dan@teledesic.com)
Wed, 1 Oct 1997 08:58:10 -0700

Jon Postel has have the most thankless job in the world.

- dan


Panel members became alarmed when, during a break to vote, they read an
MSNBC report <http://www.msnbc.com/news/113761.asp> that the Treasury
Department is investigating whether the registration of domain names for
a Libyan concern by US-based NetNames violates US sanctions against

"What would Swiss law say about a company doing business with Libya?"
Pickering asked Heath.

"As far as laws being broken, I don't know," Heath responded. "We may
recommend some changes to the proposal."

The other strong proponent of Heath's proposal is Jon Postel, who is
responsible for administering many of Net country codes, such as .us,
through the Internet Assigned Number Authority. MSNBC said Postel
approved an application from a concern in Tripoli, Alshaeen for
Information Technology, for administrative rights to the Libyan domain,
.ly. The British division of NetNames then secured .ly domain names for
Netscape, Intel, and Goodyear.