[ppml] 2005-1 status

Paul Vixie paul at vix.com
Fri Jan 27 12:54:38 EST 2006

# > ... Serious early adopters need to seriously try to deploy this technology
# > and tabulate the concrete and prioritized list of gotchas ...  If it takes
# > providing PI address blocks to those early interests to early adopt...then
# > so be it.

that's what it's going to take.  the thing the internet address-consuming
community doesn't know, and lacks the discipline and/or will and/or funding
to find out, is whether the vast majority of address space consumption will
be through access providers (cable, dsl, 3G, mumble) who have no plan to ever
route third-party address space.  if that turns out to be true, then the "PI
problem" will end up having been a gnat on the ass of the elephant, and we'll
see neither a run on address space and ASNs, nor a routing table explosion.
if that turns out to be false (which is what i have long feared and still
expect), then IPv6 is going to create more problems than it solves, have a
short useless live, die young, and leave a good looking corpse.

no matter whether that assumption be true or false, the address-consuming
community has no choice but to deploy IPv6 as-specified.  we won't be telling
IETF "sorry, nope, come back when you have something routeable".  we won't
be adopting SHIM6 as our work item.  we have to play the cards we were dealt,
which means in this case, IPv6 PI space for anyone who qualifies.  and the
only rules we have for qualification are all based on our IPv4 experiences.

so, i support 2005-1 as written.  i would also support fine-tuning of it.

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