[arin-ppml] Q1 - ARIN address transfer policy
sleibrand at internap.com
Sat Jun 21 00:34:44 EDT 2008
bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com wrote:
> Non-profits, research, government, military, public service
> sectors all can and do benefit from equal access to communications
> capabilities... And their use of IP addresses is not driven
> by revenue/profit. Does an open market best serve the needs of
> these communities? Or is the existing needs-based system do a
> better job of resource allocation?
Today's needs-based system does a better job of serving the needs of
almost everyone in the community who needs more IP addresses (for-profit
and not-for-profit) than a market would, because today the addresses can
be given out essentially for free, whereas in a market system they'll
have an acquisition cost.
However, that's not the debate around 2008-2. The question at hand is
which would better serve the needs of the community after the free pool
is exhausted: a market-based transfer system, or a simple
discontinuation of all IPv4 allocations from RIRs?
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