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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:

Internet History

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:

  • Computer 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.




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