[arin-ppml] the Transfer Policy Argument Space

Michael K. Smith - Adhost mksmith at adhost.com
Thu Sep 4 13:26:24 EDT 2008

> Bill Darte wrote:
> > My personal opinion is:
> >
> > "The ARIN Board of Trustees on behalf of ARIN and the community at large
> > requests that as a service to that community, holders of address space
> > which is available to return, or which they are willing to make
> > available for return, should do so at their earliest convenience.  On
> > behalf of the community that will need these addresses as the industry
> > transitions to IPv6, ARIN thanks you."
> >
> I think that's a great statement.  However, playing Devil's Advocate for
> a moment, how are you going to get past the argument that those orgs,
> rather than return space for free today, may be able to wait a few years
> and sell that space to the highest bidder?  Unless one believes that the
> odds of a liberalized transfer policy being adopted are exactly zero,
> it's in the org's selfish interest _not_ to return space.
> S

I love the statement, particularly because it doesn't address the sale of IP's at all, nor should it have to.  This is a PSA, not a policy, IMO.


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