[arin-ppml] the Transfer Policy Argument Space

Bill Darte BillD at cait.wustl.edu
Thu Sep 4 05:21:56 EDT 2008


> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net 
> [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of John Curran
> Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 7:14 PM
> To: Owen DeLong
> Cc: arin-ppml at arin.net
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] the Transfer Policy Argument Space
> On Sep 3, 2008, at 6:35 PM, Owen DeLong wrote:
> > I, for one, would very much love to hear a direct answer to 
> 4e and the 
> > subsequent opposing question from Steve Ryan.  My 
> impression so far is 
> > that they are approximately equal, but, I do not feel like I have 
> > received any clear indication from Steve on this.
> >
> > OTOH, I suspect that it may be very hard for Steve to do so 
> as these 
> > could be very uncertain.
> Owen -
>    I'm not Steve Ryan (and he's thankful of that :-), but let
>    me pose a thought exercise which may provide some insight
>    into question 4e and its converse...
>    At a point in time when ARIN has effectively no remaining
>    available space to satisfy requests under the current IPv4
>    policy space, how should ARIN best fulfill its incorporation
>    duties to "to enhance the growth of the Internet .. by
>    encouraging the exploration and implementation of solutions
>    to Internet Protocol number scarcity issues"?  For instance,
>    how would two parties seeking to transfer IPv4 address space
>    (e.g. an address holder who could free up significant address
>    space through consolidation efforts, and an ISP constrained by
>    their inability to obtain additional IPv4 number resources)
>    view ARIN's fulfillment of its duties if there is neither a
>    more relaxed transfer policy nor a clear community statement
>    of why such a policy is undesirable?
> /John
> (my views alone; this message was prepared in 100% deaggregate-
>   free route announcements ;-)


In answer the question you pose to Owen... I believe that ARIN has a
duty to loosen its policy IF the circumstances require it to do so.  I
agree with Owen that ARIN's first role is to act as it was incorporate
and does today.  ARIN should encourage entities with free space to
return it.  It should encourage those that can free up some space and
return it to do so...all this as a community response to the anticipated
ending of the free pools of IANA and ARIN.

To the extent that this effort fails, then that failure is not ARIN's
failure in duty, but that of the community holding resources they don't
need.  At some point ARIN should extend the 'emergency' policy of
loosened transfer to nudge the holders and eliminate all but the most
basic administrative overhead to those transfers in order to accommodate
the emergency addressing needs.  That is why I proposed the Emergency
Transfer Policy for IP Addresses which puts the decision to enact in the
hands of the Board of Trustees, but limits its application  to 3 years.
The sunset is meant to compliment ARIN's education and outreach efforts
to encourage the industry to transition to a protocol environment with
greater address space (presumably IPv6).

In this way, ARIN preserves the integrity and the tradition of past
operations under policy, helps to alleviate short-term addressing
concerns, but in no way advocates or by action encourages the delay of
the industry movement away from IPv4.


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