[ppml] IPv6>>32

Jeff Williams jwkckid1 at ix.netcom.com
Wed May 18 07:03:01 EDT 2005

Owen and all,

Owen DeLong wrote:

> > The problem or problems I see with this approach is that ISP's
> > frequently have significant turnover in management folks as well
> > as are bought out, merge or change ownership status i.e. going
> > private or go public.  In such occurrences ISP Policy or knowledge
> > thereof frequently changes and many times dramatically.  As such,
> > continuity is lost or interpreted dramatically leaving ISP's actual
> > customers at risk unnecessarily.
> >
> This is a business issue and a customer service issue between the
> ISPs and their customers.  It is not part of address space stewardship,
> and, is therefore out of scope for ARIN policy.

  I for one am and have always been very reluctant in regulation
and/or policy from the public sector, whatever the source, from
driving business decisions.  Unfortunately as Address space
management and thereby use is directly tied to business operation,
it is and seems to me has been clear that some policies governing
and/or directing/channeling business decisions from ARIN or any
other RIR is not only necessary to a degree, but wise for all

> >> Personally, if we were
> >> to codify it, then, the only codification I would accept would be
> >> "on customer request".
> >
> >   I would agree this would be ONE way or addressing the issue.
> > But given my above, perhaps not the best or necessary way..
> >
> I think it is absolutely necessary.  ARIN micromanaging the relationships
> between customers and ISPs through address policy is a very slippery
> slope.  The issue you raise is not an address policy issue, but, a
> business relationship issue.
> >>
> >>
> >> > Also agreed here.  Still under what criterion such IDR assignments
> >> > are made needs to be delineated...
> >> >
> >> Why?  Why not leave it up to the ISP and customer to deterine within
> >> the constraints of the existing policy?
> >
> >  No reason, as long as that policy is sufficiently delineated...
> >
> I believe it is sufficiently delineated, but, could use some clarification.
> >>
> >>
> >> [snip] increasing SOHO users needing multiple space / possibly /56
> >>
> >> > Also agreed here.  But it should be exacting as to form/language
> >> > so that the policy is easily understood and far less subject to
> >> > interpretation.
> >> >
> >> I think that clarification would be good, but, I don't think that
> >> codification is necessary or desirable at this time.
> >
> > It's probably not desirable true, but I would say it is or is nearly
> > necessary.
> >
> I think it's not only unnecessary, but, potentially harmful.
> >> I think leaving
> >> the decision between the LIR and end-site is the prudent approach right
> >> now.
> >
> >   Having this decision as far down as possible is my personal preference
> > as well.  I am not arguing that.  I do however believe a need to have some
> > well defined guidelines and/or parameters contained and codified as
> > part of the policy yet flexible, which is difficult to do at times and
> > as a function of language, is and has been necessary for reasons
> > or continuity and broad understanding.
> >
> Well... The current policy says exactly what we've described above, and, is
> being implemented by ARIN staff at this time as we have described above.
> As such, I can accept that some clarification may be necessary to ensure
> that a wider audience concurs with this shared understanding, but, I don't
> see any need to change the meaning of the policy or alter it's current
> implementation in this particular area.
> >>
> >>
> >> I agree that we should do what we can to make sure LIRs and end-sites
> >> know what the policy allows and what options are available within the
> >> policy.
> >
> >  Good.  But this *May* not be all that is needed.  Recommendations
> > as to provide for what not to do may also be necessary, and I believe
> > is given human nature.
> >
> I'm not sure I follow what you mean here.
> Owen
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