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The InterNIC Timeline

March 1992
	Original NSF Solicitation
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/solicitation.html>
May 1992
	Original NSI Proposal
October 1992
	Modified NSI Proposal
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/nis/proposal-toc.html>
		"Network Solutions believes NSF's objectives will be met
		most effectively by the award of the bulk of the services to
		a single contractor."
	AT&T Proposal
		<http://ds1.internic.net/internic.info/proposal/>
January 1, 1993
	Cooperative Agreements
		General Atomics (GA)
			???
		AT&T
			???
		Network Solutions, Inc.
			<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/agreement/>
			Estimated Total Amount:
				$4,219,339
			Effective Date:
				January 1, 1993
			Expiration Date:
				September 30, 1998
December 1994
	Midterm Evaluation
	<http://www.rs.internic.net/nsf/review/review-toc.html>
	"The InterNIC awards set the precedent of requiring significant
	self-coordination among a team of awardees, and requiring outreach
	to other Network Information Centers. The panel suggests that the
	NSF critically consider whether it is viable to expect significant
	self-coordination among a team of awardees in future awards.
	The panel also notes that the NSF's program management was
	not able to correct GA's problems early on despite excellent efforts
	by the NSF staff, primarily because the NSF staff were overextended
	by monitoring at least two major projects (the InterNIC and the
	NSFNET backbone) at once. The panel recommends that for future
	large scale efforts in the rapidly changing Internet environment, the
	NSF should form an ongoing advisory panel of outside experts or
	employ some external consultants to help manage such cooperative
	agreements, rather than waiting two years to call for a review."

December 1994
	General Atomics Dismissed

January 1995
	NSF gives NSI more money...
	Amendment 1
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/agreement/amendment1.html>
		This amendment increases the funds available under
		Cooperative Agreement No. NCR-9218742 by $1,258,457.

	NSI changes key personnel...
	Amendment 2
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/agreement/amendment2.html>

February-March 1995 (???estimated date???)
	SAIC purchases NSI
		http://www.saic.com
		http://www.netsol.com
	Circumstances, terms, previous owners....???? not known ????

May 1995
	NSF gives NSI more money...AND reviews plan to start charging
	Amendment 3
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/agreement/amendment3.html>
		"The National Science Foundation (NSF) hereby awards
		$1,948,632 to Network Solutions, Inc. for additional support..."

September 13, 1995
	NSF approves NSI's plan to charge for domain name registrations
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/agreement/amendment4.html>

October 1995
	Many people and companies debate the issues surrounding the
	commercialization of domain name registrations. The NSF and
	the IANA prevent commercial registries from having new Top
	Level Domains.
November 1995
	Debates
December 1995
	Debates
January 1996
	Debates
February 1996
	Debates and delays
March 1996
	Debates and delays
April 1996
	Debates and promises of plans
May 1996
	Debates and more promises of plans
June 1996
	ISOC Board of Trustees - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
		Montreal, Quebec, Canada
		<http://www.isoc.org/trustees/96-004.htm>
		"RESOLVED, that the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society
		endorse in principle the proposal "New Registries and the Delegation
		of International Top Level Domains", dated June 1996 by Jon Postel,
		and approve the role assigned to the Internet Society in this proposal.
		The Board authorises Postel, in his IANA role, to refine the proposal
		to include a business plan for review and approval by the Board."
July 1996
	Debates and refinement of plans
August 1996
	Debates, meetings and claims of an October 1st start
September 1996
	Operational registries start to appear
October 1996
	The balance of the Intellectual Infrastructure Fund is disclosed...
		<http://rs.internic.net/announcements/iif-update.html>
	"..through October 31, 1996, $8,542,200.00 has been deposited into the account."

	The Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee advises the NSF
		<http://www.fnc.gov/FNCAC_10_96_minutes.html>
		"The FNCAC reiterates and underscores the urgency of
		transferring responsibility for supporting U.S. commercial interests
		in ITLD administration from the NSF to an appropriate entity." 

November 1996
	"...through November 30, 1996, $9,911,000.00 has been deposited into the account."
	Commercial TRUE Root Name Servers start to appear...
	the NSF does not allow commercial registries to have TLD entries
	in the Root Name Servers they control...
	The NSF awards USC/ISI $1.5 million
		<http://www.nsf.gov/ftp/awards96/awd9615/a9615927.txt>

December 1996
	"...through December 31, 1996: $12,685,450.00 has been desposited into the account."
	The ISOC's IAHC gets started to provide recommendations to IANA
		http://www.iahc.org

	NSI ends 1996 registering about 80,000 names per month
	which is an approximate gross revenue of $8,000,000 per month
	at $100 per registration. That covers the first 2 years. On an
	annual basis, this amounts to approximately $48,000,000 per year.

January 1997
	IAHC debates continue...
	Plans are announced by NSI to launch ARIN to charge for IP addresses
		<http://www.arin.net>
	NSF gives NSI more money...
		<http://rs.internic.net/nsf/agreement/amendment5.html>
	NSI and the IANA announce plans to deploy TRUE Root Name Servers

February 1997
	IAHC recommendations finalized
		<http://www.iahc.org/draft-iahc-recommend-00.html>

	Commercial registries which are now fully operational are
	still restricted from having their names entered into the widely
	used Root Name Servers controlled by the National Science
	Foundation. Companies are now actively deploying commercial
	Root Name Servers to replace the NSF supported servers.

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September 1988
	Cooperative Agreement Ends...

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Jim Fleming
Unir Corporation

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