[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-15: IPv4 Allocation Policy for th e Africa Portion of the ARIN Region
gregm at datapro.co.za
Wed Oct 1 06:28:39 EDT 2003
> Part of what bothers me here is that 6 or 12 months ago when 2002-3
> discussion was going on I don't recall many (or any, really) of the
> "Africa People" who have been supporting 2003-15 stepping up to
> voice their support. There were proposals for a policy that did
> exactly what African's seem to want, and the 2002-3 proposal (which
> seems to not include assignments and allocations as desired), and
> yet no one came forward to help.
Leo, maybe I'm misreading you, but the impression I get is that you're saying
you're concerned to support "Africa People" because they were not vocal
earlier in the year.
I think you may be overlooking the fact that until recently very few "Africa
People" were aware of the ARIN public policy mailing list, 2002-3, etc. I,
for example, only joined it a few weeks ago and at the time posted messages
to a few popular African networking lists to create awareness of the PPML.
I have not yet seen a single posting from any one of the "Africa People"
rejecting 2002-3, although I have seen quite a number supporting it.
> felt 2002-3 would be defeated because the "big bad backbones" in
> the US would never let it happen here, but they might be indifferent
> enough to let Africa get away with it.
It's not about indifference. There are different issues at stake. Both
proposals have merit, but for different reasons.
> that conclusion. Clearly people have strong opinions one way or
> the other, and I see no clear majority. The only way to win is to
> not split the vote, joining up and outvoting the "big bad backbones".
What you're talking about here, is obtaining consensus.
Just a hypothetical question for you...
If both 2002-3 and 2003-15 were passed, who would be unhappy? (aside from
possibly the "big bad backbones")
So if were talking about standing united, then it means we all have to give
and take a bit. The best compromise I've seen to date is that we all stand
united in support of both 2002-3 and 2003-15. This is the only win-win
situation for all that does not involve the excessive delays that amending
either or both policies would introduce.
If you tell Africans to dump or amend 2003-15 or North Americans to dump or
amend 2002-3, then you'll struggle to get a united stance. Supporting both
simultaneously is the only compromise that benefits all.
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