NAIPR Message

naipr and South Africa

On Wed, 19 Feb 1997, Mark J Elkins wrote:

> named?).  Anyway - we are in the process of sorting out our own local
> NIC - hopefully with an influence that covers most of Africa.  

The way you worded this makes it wound like you plan to have some sort of
national NIC in the RSA and then extend it to serve the rest of the
continent. If this is so, I would suggest that you should reconsider how
this is being done and get other countries in your continent involved in 
a truly international effort from the beginning. I can understand that the
political situation would make it hard to get everybody to agree but it
should still be possible for most African countries to sit down at one
table and agree to run the IP allocation infrastructure for the continent.

And there is probably no need to rush into this either. IP allocations
should be done for engineering reasons, not political or nationalistic

Michael Dillon                   -               Internet & ISP Consulting
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