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

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Wed Aug 27 12:06:44 EDT 2008

> 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
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