[arin-ppml] Legacy Space authority (fwd)
mysidia at gmail.com
Fri May 2 21:06:58 EDT 2008
Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
ARIN clearly has moral obligations to ensure the legacy registrants can
maintain their registrations.
It's not clear that ARIN has to do this for free in perpetuity, or
without requiring legacy registrants to
eventually sign the RSA, however.
And _now_ may not be a proper time to force the issue. I.E. I think
for now, ARIN should wait,
and strongly encourage legacy networks to update information and sign a
Legacy RSA, and nothing more.
I would think that giving the legacy networks the opportunity to
maintain their registration under the
same terms as other conventional registrants would effectively fulfill
their obligation to maintain the
services of the legacy registry, even if the only other option offered
is "not to be registered".
I.E. If the legacy registration failed to be maintained, it would be
solely through the fault of the legacy
network failing to stay in contact with the registry, provide current
contact information, and follow the rules.
Even if you think IP addresses are intangible property; there is still
the need to maintain contact,
otherwise the IP space is abandoned property, to be turned over to the
state/government, if the
contact information is invalid, and no contact is made for a sufficient
But I believe ARIN doesn't turn over abandoned IP addresses, as (1) it
takes the position that IPs aren't
property, and (2) Being an internet registry doesn't mean you are in
the care of property.
> As long as the RIR's are still assigning IPv4 people will not
> switch to IPv6.
I'm not sure cessation of IPv4 assignments will cause that many to
switch to IPv6 who
> Once we get rid of the last of the Win98, Win ME, Win 2K,
> and MacOS 9 systems on the Internet - and that date is rushing
> towards us faster and faster every day - then the devices on
> the Internet will be able to support IPv6 - and not using IPv6
> after that date will merely be a choice, not dictated by any
> technical limitation.
Well, the OSes may support IPv6.
This says nothing about the legacy software that may run on these computers.
Just because your OS is new and IPv6-enabled, does not mean, that, for
the network-aware software you utilize can work with IPv6.
I'm afraid there will be many sorts of communications software (I.E.
online game software)
that utilize IPs, and are no longer maintained or won't ever be adapted
If the specialized software products are important enough, their users
will be locked into IPv4.
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