[ppml] APNIC policy proposal to create a regulated market in IPv4 addresses

David Williamson dlw+arin at tellme.com
Mon Aug 6 12:39:09 EDT 2007

On Mon, Aug 06, 2007 at 09:29:27AM -0700, Scott Leibrand wrote:
> For that and many other reasons, it would make much more sense (in the 
> worst case scenario) for everyone to filter according to the minimum 
> allocation size for each IPv4 /8, as published by the RIRs (i.e. 
> http://www.arin.net/reference/ip_blocks.html and 
> http://www.apnic.net/db/min-alloc.html).

A great idea, but won't they put more value on swamp class C networks?
I can't think of a better way to drive value for a black/white market
in ip space than to differentiate some of it.

I'll also note that this sort of thing will have greater impact on
younger organizations.  The consipracy theory types might look at
sliding the effective routing boundary towards shorter prefixes as a
sign that the older/larger organizations are trying to retain control
over the Internet.  I don't think that's intentionally the case, but
it's wasy to see it that way.


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