[ppml] Markets, pricing, transparency, 2008-2 / 8.3.9

Kevin Oberman oberman at es.net
Tue Mar 18 16:44:27 EDT 2008

> Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:45:04 +0900
> From: Randy Bush <randy at psg.com>
> Sender: ppml-bounces at arin.net
> >>> A large portion of the reasoning behind this policy was to get legacy 
> >>> IP holders to free up space.
> >> precisely.  the goal of a market is to get goods to 'best use.'  and
> >> despite fred's assertion, the current transfer policy does not do that.
> >> if it did, folk such as arin's lawyer would not be vilifying legacy
> >> holders from the nanog stage.
> > That's not necessarily a defect in the current transfer policy as
> > much as a failing (of those who have more address space than
> > they require) not returning the excess to the IANA.
> ahhh, the socialist economy planners know best.  cool!

Speaking only for myself and not my employer.

While my instinct is to agree, even in a capitalistic economy, there
tends to be a fair amount of "socialistic" meddling to try to maintain
reasonable stability. Note the recent actions of the federal reserve to
inject cheap cash into the economy and to "rescue" Bear Sterns. 

That said, I still need to be convinced that a fairly free market is not
the best solution.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
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