[ppml] The WIANA registry

Bill Darte billd at cait.wustl.edu
Tue Apr 29 15:01:02 EDT 2003

Trevor said...
> The way I see this whole issue is the following:
> 1) WIANA has unilaterally decided that they will be using the 
> 1/8 IP supernet
> 2) WIANA has stated that this network is 'a different 
> physical medium to the classic Internet'
> 3) WIANA has stated that their network 'does not map directly 
> into Internet address space, external connections are 
> translated and will perhaps eventually slot into an ipv6 subnet'
> Given (1), (2) and (3) above.. This is like running a private 
> network. No problem so far.
> However, (here is the kicker)..
> How long do you think it will be before they 'require' direct 
> Internet connectivity due to the problems imposed by Network 
> Address Translation?? I'm talking end-user demand that they 
> be able to connect via VPN to corporate networks, email, IM, 
> etc.. Most users don't care nor do they want to learn about 
> the nuances of NAT.. they just want their application to 
> work. Point, click, connect.
> Given the above, I expect WIANA to say at some point in the 
> future "Look, we are already using this space and no-one else 
> is; so just let us use it." All without going through the 
> mutually agreed upon processes, procedures and justifications 
> that everyone else must go through.
> This, I believe, is the real problem with this 'Registry'..

This seems like a perfectly sensible strategy to me and that is why there
needs to be a REAL mechanism to stop such squatting and tactic.  This takes
the implicit (though explicit would be more satisfying) cooperation of the
Registries and the ISP community.

Bill Darte
ARIN Advisory Council 

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