[ppml] Policy Proposal 2002-3: Micro-Assignments forMultihomed Networks

Alec H. Peterson ahp at hilander.com
Fri Aug 22 14:48:58 EDT 2003

--On Friday, August 22, 2003 13:23 -0400 Leo Bicknell <bicknell at ufp.org> 

> Respectfully, the problem is that ARIN does not yet serve the
> constituency that needs this proposal, and those it does serve today
> in general have incentives to act in the opposite manor
> The people who need these small blocks today can't get them from
> ARIN, and are not ARIN members.  They don't get to vote.  Instead,
> they get their addresses from an upstream provider that has direct
> incentives (from charging a fee for address allocations to wanting
> the customer to be in their own non-portable space to make it more
> painful for the customer to leave) to prevent proposals like this
> from succeeding.  They are the ones who get to vote.  It also seems
> to be futher hampered by the fact that only a small group of ISP's
> go to the meeting and raise their voice, often for better or worse
> making it the loudest one by default.

One does not need to be an ARIN member to participate in the process.  All 
one needs to do is join the ARIN mailing lists and/or attend the meetings.

ARIN serves those who receive address space in North America, and 
implements policy based on input from those who choose to participate in 
the process.  How do you propose ARIN serve a constituency that does not 
make its voice heard?

> It is up to ARIN to give ISP's and large end users the IP space
> they need.  Period.  The measure of success is that the people who
> need IP's can get them with a reasonable amount of effort, in a
> reasonable amount of time.

ARIN is responsible for a critical internet resource.  Are you suggesting 
that the proper maintenance of that resource to ensure it continues to be 
available and useful is not one of ARIN's goals?

Chair, ARIN AC
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