This page documents some of our interaction with
Internet history. We have a few firsts (like defining the registry/registrar
relationship and being the first applicant for a TLD under Draft
Postel) and a few "also rans" (like cat herding alternative roots
into a unified name space).
- Shared-TLD Mailing List
In 1996, we hosted the mailing list where the fundamentals of "creating shared domain name registration databases" (i.e. the domain name registry/registrar relationship) were discussed.
In September 1995, Jon Postel of the IANA invited
applications from parties seeking
to operate and/or sponsor any new TLD registry. Higgs Communications
applications can be found here:
In 1997, the IANA function was put up for bid by the US Department of Commerce. The Open Root Server Confederation (ORSC) was founded to bid on that contract. The IANA function was awarded, as a sole-source contract, and is now known as ICANN. The ORSC continued to support the development that had been done under Draft Postel and we became a root server operator for ORSC.
In June 2000, ICANN invited Expressions of Interest
from parties seeking to operate and/or sponsor any new TLD registry.
Higgs Communications response can be found here:
Internet Draft Archive
The following Internet Drafts were written by Simon Higgs:
The following video has nothing to
with us. It's being made available as a historical
resource since it vanished from Google and will no
doubt disappear again if we receive a C&D over it:
Networks - Heralds of Resource Sharing (63MB)
This 1972 film about the ArpaNet contains
all the sexy pocket protector lingo
of the day - wideband transmission (broadband),
online book repositories (eBooks) and it even
features a networked ATM machine.