guideline for name-based web hosting justification

Alec H. Peterson ahp at
Wed Sep 13 10:33:35 EDT 2000

Mike Horwath wrote:
> ARIN could help stretch IP space by running around the different net
> blocks and finding the unused space and reclaiming it.
> Sure, there will be some pissed off people who have /16s that they are
> using maybe a /22 out of, but so what?  That is a lot of address space
> that can be reassigned.

ARIN should, but in reality that is IANA's job.

This isn't ARIN trying to pass the buck, it's just due to the way the whole
Internet governance structure has been setup.  And it's a really tricky job
at that.

> We pay ARIN a fee to 'manage' our IP space, I would like some of that
> fee to go to reclaimation of wasted IP space by small colleges, small
> companies, and individuals who have who have space they aren't using.

See above.  The AC has talked about how to reclaim space several times, but
the fact remains that ARIN doesn't have the authority to just wrench space
from any entity.  

> The points are:
>         dropping the bomb is not fun, this new decision, while made
>         with other ARIN members, was sudden in its announcement and
>         did not give anyone a chance to start the cleanup before the
>         punishment is handed out.

That is certainly a valid point.  We should re-think how we announce future
policy changes in that case.

>         there are a ton of IPs available on the 'net that are
>         allocated and underused - relaim those and these worries about
>         IP depletion can be put off for another couple of years.

See above.

>         random people with random comments about how my business is
>         supposed to be run is just not nice.

You call it dictating how your business is supposed to run, and that's
fine.  One could argue that ARIN has been telling dialup ISPs how to run
their business for years, but I haven't heard any complaints to that affect.

Look, I want to see the policy changed so that all ARIN members feel their
opinions have been represented.

Here's what I'm going to do.  Anybody who wants to see the policy changed in
some SPECIFIC way AND is not going to make it to the meeting in Herndon send
e-mail directly to me (ahp at with the subject ARIN WEB HOSTING. 
Please only put your suggestions for how to fix what you don't like about
the policy in there, with some reasoning behind it so that I can pass that
long to the membership at large at the meeting.


Alec H. Peterson - ahp at
Staff Scientist
CenterGate Research Group -
"Technology so advanced, even _we_ don't understand it!"

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