[arin-ppml] IPv4 is depleted today

michael.dillon at bt.com michael.dillon at bt.com
Wed Sep 3 04:53:14 EDT 2008

> A liberalized transfer policy does nothing to increase ease of moving 
> to IPv6, all it does is make it easier to stay on IPv4.

It forces companies to spend money on IP addresses thus reducing
the amount they have available for capex and opex. How does this
make it easier to stay on IPv4? In particular, in all but the 
smallest ISPs, it now forces the addressing people to ask for
money that they did not have to ask for before. It is one thing
to have a recurring budget item for up to $18,000 per year
for ARIN subscription fees. It is quite another thing to ask
for a one-time figure which is probably quite a bit higher, to
buy something that used to be free and included in the annual fee.

Just explaining it all to management is going to be one
big pain in the rear.

For this and other reasons, transfer policies are a bad bad thing.

--Michael Dillon

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