[ppml] Policy Proposal 2004-4: Purpose and scope of ARIN Whois Directory

Jeff S Wheeler jsw at five-elements.com
Sat Mar 27 17:10:34 EST 2004

On Sat, 2004-03-27 at 12:28, Owen DeLong wrote:
> > 3. Organizations and individuals must guarantee to ARIN that contact
> >    addresses published in the whois directory will reach a person who
> >    is ready, willing and able to communicate regarding network
> >    operations and interconnect issues and who is able to act on that
> >    communication.

I haven't been following this proposal, so perhaps I'm asking a stupid
question, but; does this mean that customers who don't have a qualified
staff can't have their address space SWIP'd to them?  How will ISPs show
customer utilization of space if the customers are a small office
without in-house I.T. staff; or co-location customers who may not be up
to the job of fielding questions about "interconnect issues?"

No one is going to comply with the above paragraph.  They may as well
ignore the entire proposal.  Frankly, I don't see what the problem is
with WHOIS today.  You are far more likely to have problems with a
SWIP'd entity who has no clued staff than you are with an ISP who is
willing to hide abusive customers; and in any of these cases, you will
end up dealing with the ISP anyway.

Is the entire purpose of this proposal to force Level(3) to open their
whois records to the public?

-- jsw

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