[arin-ppml] ARIN's Authority - One view (was: Re: LRSA concerns)

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Sun Aug 24 11:09:02 EDT 2008

Ted's comment raises an issue that I see coming to the fore more often
here and elsewhere. Is it legitimate for an RIR to consider itself a
promoter of IPv6 and to shape its policies to "nudge" or push people in
that direction, or should it be a neutral administrator of address
resources, try to manage both spaces as efficiently as possible and
leave migration policies to organizations, governments, users, etc? 

I myself find repugnant the idea that you might deliberately try to turn
an area of the address space into a sleazy area in order to "encourage"
v6 migration. It seems better to have efficient and effective policies
in place in both address spaces and let technical and economic issues
sort out the migration.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net]
> Behalf Of Ted Mittelstaedt
> Frankly, the existence of a large number of legacy holders
> who refuse to sign the LRSA would be a Good Thing from one
> respect.  Reason being is that it would increase the amount
> of trouble that IPv4 would be for the Internet community
> post-IPv4 runout, and would be a big incentive for people
> to start considering the IPv6 network on the Internet as the
> more trustworthy of the two.
> Think of the IP numbering pool as a city and IPv4 as the red-light
> district full of moldering brownstones and IPv6 as the nice new
> mall/retail/condo section.
> All of us are living in the brownstones right now but
> in 20 years most of us are going to be in the strip mall & condo
> section, shaking our heads over the morning paper at the
> latest hijacking in the IPv4 district and writing letters
> to our city to put more cops in there to run the bums out
> of town.
> The Legacy holders who cling to their large IPv4 holdings are
> going to end up with the pimps, whores and drug dealers of
> the IPv4 Internet.
> In healthy cities with good urban renewal programs that do not
> have a collapsed central core, every year the red light district
> gets smaller and smaller because the amount of trouble it causes
> is disproportionately higher than the benefit it brings to the
> city (especially since most of the porn has gone online these days
> the adult bookstores aren't even putting money into the city tax
> roles anymore)
> So, I encourage the Legacy holders that don't want to stop
> using their IPv4 holdings.  The more of you that are out there
> doing it, the quicker the rest of us will get tired of dealing
> with all the trouble your causing and the faster we will switch
> to IPv6 and leave you to your crummy network.
> How's that for a visual? ;-)
> Ted
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