[DNSOP] .arpa

Jim Reid <jim@rfc1035.com> Wed, 22 March 2017 07:05 UTC

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Subject: [DNSOP] .arpa
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> On 21 Mar 2017, at 14:53, Suzanne Woolf <suzworldwide@gmail.com> wrote:
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> RFC 3172 was written in 2001…

RFC 3172 was an attempt to rewrite history and contrive an acronym: Address and Routing Parameter Area - really?

> Respectfully, I’ve always wondered who has this problem (US or non-US) besides network infrastructure geeks Of a Certain Age (yes, including myself, and many IETF participants).

It's a convenient tool for those hostile to USG "control" of the Internet: ie the US military is responsible for everything under .arpa, the US military's ARPA has still got some special status in the operation/development/control of the Internet, etc, etc. [And say things like "if .arpa isn't for US military control, why can't the string be changed?" or ".arpa hasn't been renamed since the Internet started 25-30 years ago. That proves ARPA/DoD is in charge of the Internet.".] It's utter nonsense of course. But that doesn't stop government officials and policymakers from making these arguments. I have seen them do this many times. Sigh. RFC3172 didn't make things better.