[ppml] ARIN's Interpretation of 2003-3

Michael.Dillon at btradianz.com Michael.Dillon at btradianz.com
Tue Jan 17 09:40:44 EST 2006

>ARIN interprets street address to mean that element of a postal address 
>that identifies street name and number.

It is quite clear then that ISPs should replace
the zip code or postal code with the text
"Private Residence" since the U.S. zip code
and the Canadian postal code both identify the
street name and number.

Therefore, ISPs should repeat the text 
"Private Residence" twice in their whois

Unfortunately, ARIN's policy makers are unaware
of how the postal system works and why zip codes
and postal codes were introduced into the addressing
system in North America. Otherwise they would have
simply stated clearly that zip codes and postal codes
could be left blank when obscuring the street address.

It is a pity that they did not consult an expert
in the workings of the postal system, or an expert
in finding people. Either one would have informed
ARIN that the zip code or postal code identifies
the street address to within half a dozen houses.

--Michael Dillon

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