[arin-ppml] FW: Stepping forward, opening my mouth and removing all doubt about

Kevin Kargel kkargel at polartel.com
Wed Aug 27 12:13:14 EDT 2008

I do not believe that a liberalized transfer policy handles the problem in
any manner.  All it will do is ensure that those with the most money will
get access to the addresses, and that some speculators will get rich.  If
you are not one of those with too much money, or a speculator, I caution you
to carefully consider the ramifications of such a policy. 

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Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:07 AM
To: Alain Durand; William Herrin; Stewart Dean
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Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Stepping forward,opening my mouth and removing all
doubt about

> Then there is also those who say, me included, that a liberalized 
> transfer policy will not solve the problem at all.

No one in their right mind believes that a liberalized transfer policy will
"solve the problem" if "the problem" is IPv4 address scarcity. What it does
is handle that scarcity in the most efficient manner over a temporary
(hopefully) period. I hope we can lay that straw man to rest.
People who believe in an IPv6 transition have to ask themselves what happens
3 - 5 years from now when the migration is not complete and the free pool is
exhausted. Apparently their "policy" is panic-based crash
IPv6 adoption by people who may or may not be ready. To have no policy
regarding the reclamation and transfer of available IPv4 resources during
that period is irresponsible. The idea that transfer policies somehow delay
the migration to IPv6 has been refuted in our paper.  

Milton Mueller
Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies XS4All
Professor, Delft University of Technology
Internet Governance Project:

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