[arin-ppml] the Transfer Policy Argument Space

David Farmer farmer at umn.edu
Wed Sep 3 09:20:11 EDT 2008

I'm hearing many different arguments related to the transfer policy.  I've 
come to the conclusion that this is a very complicated argument space we 
are dealing with and I don't think everyone is seeing the whole argument 
landscape, I know I'm having problems with this.  As things exist currently, 
I'm not sure we can come to any consensus, not even a consensus to drop 
the issue.

Therefore, in this thread I would like some help to map out the argument 
space we are working with.  I would like us to intentionally simplify the 
arguments and gloss over many of the nuances.  What I'm asking for us to 
do is map out the breath and shape of the argument space we are dealing 
with here, rather than to perfectly capture the nuances of each argument.

If you want to argue the merits of some part of the argument, please do that 
as part of another thread.  If possible I would like help in this thread to 
clearly and dispassionately state the various parts of the argument, not to 
argue it.

So to that end, I'm going try to start, this is only a start, please help by 
adding or refining the arguments, but argue them in different threads please:

1. IPv6 is a failure and can not succeed, therefore we must extend the life of 
IPv4 indefinitely beyond free poll exhaustion, a transfer policy is part of that;

2. IPv6 will eventually succeed, however we need to keep IPv4 viable until 
the transiton is complete, a transfer policy will help keep IPv4 viable beyond  
free poll exhaustion;

3. IPv6 will eventually succeed, but only if there is a forcing function to move 
people from IPv4, free poll exhaustion is this forcing function;

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