[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-15: IPv4 Allocation Policy for the Africa Portion of the ARIN Region

mlawrie at zanet.co.za mlawrie at zanet.co.za
Tue Sep 30 15:01:42 EDT 2003

jlewis at jlewis.org wrote:-

> On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 mlawrie at zanet.co.za wrote:
> ....
> Nobody chose to be under ARIN's control.  You're not special.

Oops, then I must have it wrong! I was under the impression that a 
group of Americans set up ARIN primarily for Americans, and declared 
that parts of Africa shall, like it or not, get their IP numbers from 
ARIN and shall abide by ARIN's policies, be they appropriate for 
Africa or not.

> All that's happened here is someone put forth a proposal making
> special policy for a small minority of ARIN members/potential ARIN
> members, and some of us said "hey, wait a second.  That sounds like a
> good policy for everyone.  Why exclude the majority?"

Not so. What is being said by some is "hey, wait a second. That 
sounds like a good policy for everyone. If we can't get it for the 
entire ARIN region of control then no one can have it, no matter how 
critical the need is for those who are requesting it." I find this 
attitude most distasteful.

> Like Owen, I have lots of IPs and the comfort of knowing when I run
> through them, I'll do some ARIN paperwork and just get more.  But I've
> been in the situation this policy was written for, and I know people
> who still are.  I don't see why they shouldn't benefit from this
> proposed change.

I don't disagree with your last sentence, go for it and good luck. 
But don't do so with the approach that if it cannot be obtained for 
all then it shall not be obtained for any. It is presumptious to 
suggest that if a concession is granted to a subregion then it 
*never* will be granted to the full region.

Mike Lawrie.
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