[ppml] alternative realities (was PIv6 for legacy holders (/w RSA + efficient use))

William Herrin arin-contact at dirtside.com
Wed Aug 1 11:26:53 EDT 2007

On 8/1/07, William Herrin <arin-contact at dirtside.com> wrote:
> On 8/1/07, Paul Vixie <paul at vix.com> wrote:
> > but in all the assertions of a market's inevitability, and even among the
> > excellent falsifications provided yesterday by william [H]errin, noone other
> > than michael dillon has challenged the basic assertion that there are goods
> > and/or services to be marketed.
> There are at least two methods to
> rent or sell IP addresses which function within the existing policy
> 1. The Ruse. Something other than IP addresses is leased but the
> practical affect is to indefinitely lease the IP addresses.
> 2. The Container Sale. Instead of selling the IP addresses, you sell
> the entity which holds the registration.

Let me offer a concrete example of the ruse and the container sale:

Container Sale: In the late 1990's, Verio purchased Clark Net, a local
Internet Service Provider serving Baltimore and Washington DC. With
the purchase, Verio gained control of the IP addresses allocated to
Clark Net.

The Ruse: In 2003 or so, Verio sold its T1 accounts in the Clark Net
region to Cogent. The associated IP addresses were reallocated to
Cogent. In many cases these were prefixes longer than /24. Cogent
served these with IP transit purchased in bulk from Verio. In other
cases the addresses combined to form /24's and shorter prefixes. These
were deaggregated from the larger Verio/Clark Net blocks and
separately announced.

Calling it a ruse may be misleading because this is clearly a
legitimate business transaction where the primary asset was not IP
addresses. Nevertheless, the consequence is the same: IP address
blocks have been split up and portions permanently transferred from
entity to entity without RIR involvement and in exchange for

Bill Herrin

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