adns.jpg (2888 bytes) ADNS Appeals to ICANN: Respect Alternative Root Networks, Don't Fragment the Internet.

CHICAGO, November 6, 2000 /BusinessWire/

AGN Domain Name Service, Inc. (ADNS  - ) is appealing to ICANN to respect the hard work of alternative root server networks and to avoid instigating a fragmentation of the root DNS zone - a potentially disasterous even for the internet.

John Palmer,  president and CEO of ADNS, in a letter to Louis Touton,   Vice-President, Secretary, and General Counsel of ICANN, appealed to ICANN to respect the rights of alternative root networks and to avoid reassigning TLDs to others if they are already in use by other registrars under an alternative network.

"In spite of Ms. Dyson's claim, alternative root networks take great care not to allow fragmentation by not allowing competing versions of top level domains into their root zones if they are already in existence in another root zone.  We would expect ICANN to take the same care and consideration to avoid fragmentation. There is room for all of us on the internet. Please respect the right of us to operate our business and respect the rights of alternative root networks", Palmer said in the letter.

The letter, sent by e-mail on October 29, has yet to be answered by Touton or anyone else at ICANN.

In the meantime, ADNS's root server, a part of the Open Root Server Consortium, continues to grow in popularity, receiveing 1,836,387 hits in October.

ADNS owns the three top-level domains "EARTH", "USA" and "Z" and provides internet sites with the ability to register a domain under these top-level domains. ADNS has been providing internet related services since 1993.

Each month, ADNS will offer free registration, web hosting service and domain service for those registering a domain in a specific part of the EARTH, USA or Z hierarchy, provided that they promise to develop public content under that domain name. This month, anyone who registers a domain which ends in MALI.EARTH on November 11 between 3PM and 4PM   Eastern Time will receive free registration, DNS and web hosting services for one year.

ADNS is part of the Open Root Server Consortium (ORSC - ), a group of individuals and organizations who are all interested in an open, fair and technically sound global Domain Name System for the internet. ADNS is providing ASLAN free of charge for the use of the internet community.

ADNS  also operates the  internet portal site called http://The.EARTH. This site is accessible to any computer that is pointing to the new DNS servers.

SOURCE: AGN Domain Name Service, Inc.

CONTACT: John Palmer, /  312-849-2753