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Originally posted by Passer By
This might be a dumb question, but these "root servers" - I am assuming they are like the backbone of the network? Couldn't any nation have their own, and just link the two or is there some sort of VHS Beta war that I am not aware of, or what is stopping other nations to have their own root servers? Now seriously, what am I missing because I am obviously missing something here... what's all the cafuffle?
At issue is the role of the US government in overseeing the internet's address structure, called the domain name system (DNS), which enables communication between the world's computers. It is managed by the California-based, not-for-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) under contract to the US department of commerce.