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[arin-ppml] Use of the specified transfer policy (was: "Leasing" of space via non-connectivity providers)

On Feb 7, 2011, at 6:39 PM, Martin Hannigan wrote:

> I'm pretty certain that the STLS will see light if any volume
> and won't see any significant sized block pass through it as a result
> of the current onerous policy considerations (L\RSA) in using it.

Interesting perspective...  I can't tell if you are referring to the
Specified Transfer policy in NRPM 8.3: if so, your conclusion is rather
surprising.

For a party (e.g. legacy holder) who plans to monetize their space in
any case, there are two downsides to doing it via the Specified Transfer
policy:

1) You have to enter into an LRSA, but from a practical matter it is 
   only going to be meaningful for the fairly short duration from when
   you enter into it and until you transferred all your address holdings
-and-
2) You can only transfer what the recipient qualifies for, which is 
   limited to 12 months of their documented address need per the NRPM
   in the ARIN region.

Because your address holdings actually get vetted when you entered the 
LRSA, the benefits to the recipient is that they know you actually have 
the ability to transfer per policy (and aren't just someone who hijacked 
the space by registering an expired domain name on a contact & emailing)

This certainty is key for most organizations that intend to build a 
long-term business based on use of the number resource.  Note also a 
(growing) recipient probably has many existing address blocks that are 
already under RSA, and the one received by transfer is no different.
I'm looking for the onerous policy considerations regarding the need
for L/RSA agreements, and for the vast majority of expected users of
the policy, it's not clear that is any agreement-related downside.

I agree that the policy isn't likely to be favored by speculators or 
address squatters, and that those segments may have been historically
underrepresented in the policy development process.  Correcting that
is left as an exercise for the community, if so desired.

FYI,
/John

John Curran
President and CEO
ARIN