Greg Hiscott gjh at KEYCONNECT.COM
Fri Sep 15 10:53:47 EDT 2000

It is very difficult to accept.
That is one of the reasons I am devoting my time to try to do something
about this.   The big corporations and exisiting telecomm
companies are using this situation to leverage against newcomers to the
business.  They cannot even sell fast enough to use the IP space they
have but they are able to withold it from others.

avb at wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Sep 2000, Brian Wallingford wrote:
> > This exact "argument" has been rehashed too many times (I don't doubt
> > that, in one forum or another, I've initiated it in the past).  ARIN does
> > *not* have the authority to reclaim legacy space.  Nobody has the
> > authority to reclaim the terribly, irresponsibly underutilised space
> > allocated many moons ago.
> What would have to happen for ARIN to get that authority?  Why can't IANA
> or ICANN give it the authority to do this?
> > Legacy space may as well be written off as unusable.  Saying that almost
> > makes me physically ill, but it's a fact.
> Oh, man, that is *very* difficult to accept.  IP addresses are a shared
> public resource which is globally administered by IANA/ICANN.  They aren't
> anyone's property and they never have been.  If the biggest problem with
> reclaiming legacy space is political, then surely that can be addressed.
> ARIN may not have the authority to reclaim, but *somebody*, at some higher
> level, has this authority, no?  I would imagine that somebody would be
> IANA.  To quote RFC2050:
>       The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has authority over all
>       number spaces used in the Internet.  This includes Internet
>       Address Space.
> It seems pretty clear-cut to me.  What am I missing?
> These are all honest questions, btw.  I'm very interested to know what the
> obstacles are, because I'm having a real tough time accepting the idea
> that this is an unfixable situation.
> Regards,
> --
> Alex Bulan <avb at>
> Network Administrator
> Korax Online Inc.

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