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

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Aug 18 17:03:04 EDT 2009

On Aug 18, 2009, at 1:21 AM, <michael.dillon at bt.com> <michael.dillon at bt.com 
 > wrote:

>> Frankly, though, I don't see much point in this policy.  When
>> we hit the wall, everyone is going to be wanting more space
>> and there will be none in IANA's return pool.  When we
>> finally come to our senses and switch to IPv6, there will be
>> loads of returns that nobody will want and that the RIRs
>> might as well hold on to in case of future stupidity in their
>> region.  Why make extra work for IANA just because one region
>> might be dumber than the others?  It'd be one thing if we
>> were moving entire /8s, but mere /24s?  That's nuts.
> Well said!
> I totally agree with this analysis of the proposal. There is no
> point in returning IPv4 addresses to IANA.
> The only thing that IANA can do with addresses is to give them
> to another RIR. Another reasonable way to address this is to
> wait until a needy RIR approaches ARIN and deal with it at that
> time.
Deal with it how? I believe there is not a policy in place to support
transfers between RIRs.

Most likely the way that would be accomplished would be for there
to be some policy (such as the one proposed) that pushes addresses
back to IANA for reissue to other RIRs.


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