Science and Technology Research Institutes


aka ISC

Redwood City, CA


ISC is dedicated to supporting the infrastructure of the universal, connected, self-organizing Internet - and the autonomy of its participants - by developing and maintaining core production quality software, protocols, and operations. We believe in keeping the Internet safe and accessible for all.

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Jeff Osborn

Main Address

950 Charter St

Redwood City, CA 94063 USA


Internet, DNS, open source, software, DHCP, Berkeley Internet Name Daemon, BIND





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (U05)

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BIND 9 DNS server software

ISC DHCP software

F-Root Internet Infrastructure

IETF - Internet Engineering Task Force

Kea DHCP server

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# of operating system distributions packaging (re-distributing) our software
# of downloads from our ftp site (includes web site downloads)
# and % of support subscribers renewing
# of issues (defects) resolved vs. # of new issues opened
Usage (# messages) of our free community support mailing lists
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IETF Drafts authored or contributed to by ISC engineers progressing through the standards process

In 2014, we ended some programs, enabling us to refocus on our core programs. We ended work on the 5-year BIND10 development project, spinning the software out to an external open source project on GitHub. We also ended work on the Open Source router, transitioning that to another non-profit,, and we completed the Open Home Gateway Forum, posting the resulting software.
We also decided to exit the commercial Secondary Name Services business. There are ample commercial DNS service providers in the market today, so we feel the Internet no longer needs a non-profit provider in this area.

We reduced our staff through a very painful layoff, reducing our largest expense to a level that is sustainable, cutting our operating losses dramatically. On the revenue side, we stabilized our base of software support subscribers.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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