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Internet System Consortium (ISC)

Overview: The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) focuses on developing and maintaining Open Source reference implementations of core Internet protocols. ISC was originally founded in 1994 as the Internet Software Consortium, Inc. to continue the work of maintaining and enhancing BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Domain). BIND was evolved by ISC from its original development at UC Berkeley as part of the BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) system. At that time, IANA designated ISC as a root name server operator (first NS.ISC.ORG, then F.ROOT-SERVERS.NET) in order to support the use of BIND. Additional software systems are now hosted by ISC (INN, Lynx) and have been created by ISC (DHCP, OpenReg) to support the Internet's infrastructure. ISC has expanded operational activities beyond root name service, to include Internet hosting facilities for other open source projects (NetBSD, XFree86,, secondary name service for more than 50 domains, and a DNS OARC (Operations, Analysis and Research Center) for monitoring and reporting of the Internet's Domain Name System.

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