[LINK] Top five reasons for Australia to Get a Root-Server.

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Tue Oct 13 01:44:46 AEDT 2009

This is a very simplified non-technical list. 

1.	get to see what everyone is really interested in and don't have
to depend on fake numbers from data collection agents paid for by large
media interests like compete.com
2.	can intercept/interdict any traffic that you don't' want.
3.	including eliminating spam and
4.	reducing Phishing and Malware sites. (Requires active effort)/
prevent organisations from redirecting or hijacking your traffic (By
being locally accessible  to ISP's and thereby being more responsive
under CERT notifications and attack conditions.)
5.	reduce dramatically the amount of DNS bandwidth being used on
the network which can be calculated approximately as being 5MB per annum
each of per user/per Internet site. (@3,000,000,000 users and 109.5
billion web sites (see References) that equals 562,500,000,000 GB of
annual DNS traffic which at a cost of 1.8 cents per gigabyte equals
$10,125,000,000 of traffic value. To Australia that equals an estimated
cost of  $ 24,107,143 per annum.

For Australia to be truly competitive in a world of online e-commerce -
a local root-server is not a negotiable item, it is an imperitive.

Existing Root Servers.
Map of root servers at

Source: www.itu.int/itudoc/itu-t/com2/infodocs/023_ww9.doc

As can be seen from the above drawing, six of the root servers are
within a few kilometers of each other. A,J,H,G,C,D with two being in the
same rack. I've heard of redundancy, but I think that's just a little
over the top.

Regardless, a Root server in every continent levels the global internet
playing field.

It would appear that the regions most inconvenienced are the Middle-east
through Asia, Asia minor and Oceania. 
I can see no valid reason for all traffic to always go via the US or the
Docklands in the UK, Sweden or Japan.

This may be great for the AT&T's of the world - but it's really bad for
all consumers that don't reside in the USA the UK, Europe or Japan and
it makes the rest of the internet reliant on a US concentric Internet.
India has one billion people who are rapidly connecting to the Net.
China has 1.3 billion rapidly connecting to the net.
The balance of Asia and Oceania has another 1.1 billion.
Thats 50% of the world reliant on the "M" server, whilst the USA with
only 5% of the worlds population get 10 servers for the country.

This means that the least develped regions of the world pay the most for
their directory lookups.

As Don Bradman would have said - It's just not cricket.

If Australia is the third major trading partner of the USA, (as far as
balance of payment in favour to the US is concerned) then it should be
treated accordingly.

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