[ppml] IPv4 wind-down
gih at apnic.net
Mon Apr 2 19:08:13 EDT 2007
>I have a couple of specific questions about this above ground v4
>Lets assume for the moment that the property thing is worked out and also
>asusme that you can definitively state that a given person has the
>authority to sell/rent/what ever a partacular block of IP addresses. Lets
>also assume their is a fair market for IPv4 adresses.
>1. Could that person sell/rent/what ever a portion of that network. Say I
>am offically representing IBM, could I sell 188.8.131.52/24 but keep the rest
>of the /8 to use for myself... or maybe sell off other /24s at a later
>date or to a different org? Or would I be required to sell the entire /8?
When you use terms such as "require" you are assume some artifact of
control in such a market. Its difficult to picture where and how such
control or regulation may be expressed and under what form of
authority, if one looks at this as purely as a monetized
international market. On the other hand its likely that some form of
regulation will exist in this space, but the who and the how remains
pretty open, as well as the authority and enforcement models that are
conventionally associated with control structures. Given that level
of uncertainty, its tough to then start guessing about the forms of
such imposed controls.
>2. If that person put 184.108.40.206/24 up for auction, could they sell it to the
>highest bidder? Or would the highest bidder also need to show justified
>need of that space? In other words does money become the only measure of
>if the space is justified?
Here the "need to show" becomes questions of "show to whom?" and the
consequences to both parties (seller and buyer) of the failure to do
so, and the judgement of "need". This appears to lead straight back
to the questions of market control raised above.
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