ARIN-PPML Message

Anonymity...is it justification???

> Hello,
> We have had a few cases over the past few months that I would like to make sure I understand ARIN's policy regarding.  I would also like to hear the opinions of the community.
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> Bob wants address space, say 20 /28s that are as 'non-contiguous' as possible (ideal is unique first octet #,  lesser preference is unique in second octet, etc.) in order to 'mask' themselves from the person they are querying so the recipient can not block out a range of address space and evade Bob.  Bob is performing what would be considered 'good spam' but I do not think that it is necessarily my call to be the internet ethics board regarding good and bad queries.  If this uniqueness is required for Bob to be successful as an enterprise...they are technically justified as there is not currently a better means of appearing random...does the Hosting Provider have justification in assignment of non-contiguous space?
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> John  has a server that he wants to appear to other people as 50 servers and therefore he want 50 addresses for one physical device.  He is trying to access URLs that his users have specifically requested to be signed up for (i.e. newsletter type deals), but with the amount of mail John sends on behalf of his Customers from one IP to these sites, the site may block the IP from the mass mailings.  Does the Hosting Provider allow multiple addresses per one physical server to assist in the distribution of mail by not flooding a site with thousands of queries from one address?
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> So, is the requirement from a business perspective to mask one's address through IP randomization of different forms appropriate to accept?  I am having a hard time knowing where to draw the line at saying 'nope...not good justification'.  I get the response from Prospects that they can not do business without being able to appear anonymous and I do not necessarily feel okay with then telling them good-bye or recommending a different business.  We have been working to come up with alternative options for these Customers, but then it gets to the point of almost designing their network architecture and systems which was not the aim.  Does the community have any suggestions on technology available that can provide anonymity  without using a mass amount or dis-contiguous addresses?  What are the thoughts regarding this idea for justification of address space?  Is there an ARIN policy that applies at this time?  If not, do we need to develop one?
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> Any input (constructive please) would be helpful and thanks for your time.
> Jill Kulpinski
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