[arin-ppml] Why are ISPs allowed?

Dan White dwhite at olp.net
Tue Jan 27 16:21:24 EST 2009

Kevin Kargel wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ted Mittelstaedt [mailto:tedm at ipinc.net]
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:52 PM
>> To: Kevin Kargel; ARIN-PPML at arin.net
>> Subject: RE: [arin-ppml] Why are ISPs allowed?
>> Q:  How do you eat an elephant?
>> A:  In small bites!
>> It's not impossible to upgrade 4K customers if you plan it and allocate
>> enough time.  However, realistically what your actually seeing here is
>> a political effort that should be supported.
> In no way did I mean to imply that this was impossible or even undoable. It
> is eminently possible, the doable just depends on how much expense you are
> willing to expend.  

We've gone through about 3 generations of CPEs in our DSL network, 
usually to support a new DSL standard or service. Of course there are 
always those handful of customers who still somehow manage with >5 year 
old DSL modems, but a large majority of those tend to be removed by 
attrition over time. The trick is to know how much turnover time you're 
going to need in your network before you want to start introducing IPv6 
to the majority of your customers.

For those customers who want it today (or when I have an IPv6 modem in 
hand), experience tells me they'd be perfectly happy to drop by an 
office to exchange the modem out, if they believe they're getting value 
out of the switch.

- Dan

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