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  •  Never mind. Clicked on the link and think the (2+ / 0-)
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    graph answers that question but who directs all the traffic and why are these 13 in charge.

    •  I'd guess that ICANN (1+ / 0-)
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      (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - a government/Commerce Dept sponsored entity) controls or at least authorizes the root level servers.

      The traffic is directed to them by software (most often a program called BIND) - each computer that operates as a DNS server knows where to pass a request if it can't resolve an address itself, so unresolved request bubble up through the system to the top level and root level servers if needed.

      It used to be when you set up your network connection (to your ISP, for example), you had to plug in an address or two for DNS servers, for example a number like That's largely hidden from users now and done automatically when you log on to your ISP or cable network or DSL or whatever, or done by the installer.

      It's never too late to have a happy childhood - Tom Robbins

      by badger on Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 11:16:22 AM PST

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