[arin-ppml] ARIN releases new version of the Legacy Registration

Cliff Bedore cliffb at cjbsys.bdb.com
Sun Sep 7 09:01:29 EDT 2008

I think this is an excellent summary of where we are.  Kudos to Eric.


Eric Westbrook wrote:
> Here are my most up to date observations, as I try to keep the issues 
> simple and clear (in my own mind, anyway), then a conclusion:
> 1.  Many legacy holders (myself included) want to formalize a 
> relationship with ARIN, and even engage in financial participation;
> 2.  Many legacy holders (myself included) are reluctant, to put it 
> mildly, to sacrifice ultimate control of their number resources -- and 
> even more so to pay for the dubious privilege;
> 3.  The integrity of whois data and financial support of ARIN seem to 
> be the community's best fundamental motivations for legacy holder 
> agreements, even if some would advocate the more controversial 
> purposes of reallocation, reclamation, or revocation;
> 4.  All parties have good reasons to discourage the escalation of 
> disagreements to the level of governmental intervention, especially 
> for issues that we all should be able to resolve together;
> 5.  If any legacy holdings are to be seized, the prevailing sentiment 
> seems to prefer doing so with the unreachable and/or apathetic 
> holders, and not with the cooperative and participating ones;
> 6.  Finally, by many if not all accounts, reallocating, reclaiming, 
> and/or revoking legacy holdings simply isn't likely to ameliorate ipv4 
> exhaustion (or ramifications thereof) to any truly significant or 
> meaningful degree.
> Given all of these observations taken together, it seems clear to me 
> that involuntary reallocation, reclamation, and revocation of legacy 
> ipv4 number resources should be explicitly disavowed in the LRSA for 
> those that sign it.  The value of bringing such holders into a 
> cooperative relationship for consideration and participation seems to 
> far outweigh the spoils of any actual or potential forcible control 
> over the resources.
> Thanks again for considering my opinions for discussion.  Corrections 
> of my misunderstandings, illumination of error in my biases, or 
> contrary observations, are welcome and encouraged as always.
> Best regards,
> Eric
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