[arin-ppml] Update on 2009-3: Global Policy for the Allocationof IPv4 Blocks to RIRs

Kevin Kargel kkargel at polartel.com
Mon Aug 17 16:27:41 EDT 2009


> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On
> Behalf Of Owen DeLong
> Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 3:20 PM
> To: William Herrin
> Cc: ppml at arin.net
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Update on 2009-3: Global Policy for the
> Allocationof IPv4 Blocks to RIRs
> 
> 
> On Aug 17, 2009, at 12:59 PM, William Herrin wrote:
> 
> > On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 2:52 PM, Owen DeLong<owen at delong.com> wrote:
> >>>> Where authorized by their respective chosen policies and
> >>>> strategies,
> >>>> each RIR shall designate IPv4 address space recovered from its
> >>>> registrants for return to the IANA.
> >
> >> Bill's language sounds like all resources recovered under our
> >> policies
> >> should be returned to IANA.  I am not comfortable with that wording.
> >
> > Would you be happier with "where permitted" or "where allowed" instead
> > of "where authorized?" Perhaps, "To the extent permitted by".
> >
> > Fill in the blank man: _______, each RIR shall designate IPv4 address
> > space recovered from its registrants for return to the IANA.
> >
> The problem is SHALL.
> 
> s/shall/may/ and most of the preceding words work.

The problem with "may" in the absence of "may not" is that then the entire
clause is no longer policy but only a suggestion.  There are better venues
for suggestions than in policy.

> 
> Owen
> 
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