[ppml] ARIN IP conservation and FREE IP Addresses
stephen at sprunk.org
Sat Oct 6 16:35:49 EDT 2007
Thus spake "Owen DeLong" <owen at delong.com>
> These fees are not for IP addresses. The fees are for ARIN
> Subscriber Membership. The total number of IP addresses you
> hold is used as an abstraction for classifying your membership.
> For someone who holds a /20, the next /20 is technically free, too.
> Regardless of the increments in which it comes. For someone
> who holds a /19+, it doesn't cost any more until they need more
> than a /16.
The point is there is an "until" in there, meaning those people are not
encouraged to waste addresses indefinitely because they'll eventually have
to pay more. Once you pass a /14, you _never_ pay _anything_ more no matter
how much you waste.
> This is standard tiered pricing and it's a way to simplify the
> pricing structure so that the cost of computing a bill does not
> increase the amount of money that needs to be collected.
Either way, the amount of address space an org has needs to be calculated.
Anyone with a modicum of programming experience can tell you that it's
easier to multiply that number by a fixed per-IP rate than it is to try to
determine which of five pricing tiers the org falls into and return a
different fixed rate for each.
I have yet to discover any argument _in favor_ of the current fee schedule,
much less one that offsets its complexity, barriers to entry, and
encouragement of massive waste.
Stephen Sprunk "God does not play dice." --Albert Einstein
CCIE #3723 "God is an inveterate gambler, and He throws the
K5SSS dice at every possible opportunity." --Stephen Hawking
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