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Implied warranty of routability? Was: Re: US CODE: Title 15, ...

At 4:47 PM 1/31/97, Randy Bush wrote:
>karl at
>> If ARIN does not promise coordination with routing, then I would submit
>> that ARIN can not complain should some collection of ISPs decide to start
>> selling net numbers, uncordinated with ARIN, for which they will advertise
>> and exchange routing information.
>If ARIN promised routability, people like you would be threatening all hell
>right now because we all know that it can not be delivered.  Routability on
>the internet is based solely on ISP cooperation.

Let's turn down the heat level just a bit and look at something.  One of
the rationales that has been put forward by proponents is that ARIN would
allocate net addresses based on procedures that the backbone people have
agreed to.  This is the reason for the "bloat" in the budget:  you need
people who understand network architecture to select the "right" block of
numbers to give to a particular applicant to minimize any bad effect on
global routers.

What that says is that a block allocation from ARIN has a much better
chance of being "routable" than an arbitrary allocation without any
analysis.  In short, while the ARIN can't guarantee routing, it gives you a
much clearer chance of getting a routable block in a much shorter

Kim, perhaps this points needs amplification in the next version of the
proposal, plus a good-sized block of text in the rationale.

Stephen Satchell, Satchell Evaluations
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