[arin-ppml] Effect of ARIN's Letters

Davey, George george at dmu.edu
Fri May 1 13:44:45 EDT 2009

The interesting thing is that the big ISPs do not want IPV6 because once the IPV4 addresses run out, they have a monopoly and they love monopolies.
The telcos are expressing this desire by their apparent reluctance to IPV6.
There is also the expense factor and the non-desire of customers to care about IPV anything.  They just want web pages to come up and IPV6 inhibits not helps.
The thing for ARIN and ICANN need to do is to set a sunset date by which IPV4 IPs are obsolete and by which the ASN database for them will be purged.
Problem is there is no ASN to replace them and that is the flaw in the IPV6 implementational logic.
IPv4 will persist until such time.
Hopefully they can come up with BGP6 for IPV6 that will host millions of ISPs not just 65,535, and set a sunset date for BGP4 and the current ASN numbers associated with them.
This will force a "Gold Rush" and if ARIN was smart instead of just a steward (whatever that is) they would open it back up just like it was 1992 all over again.
A whole new crop of ISPs would take part in the Gold Rush.
Until then I will grasp my IPV4 blocks until they pry them from my cold dead hands.

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George Davey, B.S. MCSE
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From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of Ted Mittelstaedt
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 12:02 PM
To: 'Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond'; ppml at arin.net
Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Effect of ARIN's Letters

The problem is what do your customers want?

As a smaller ISP we can't set policy on the Internet.  We aren't bringing customers onboard at the
rate of hundreds a day where we can afford to scrape the 2-3 annoying and demanding ones off our
shoes.  We are concerned about losing even a single customer - it won't break us, but we aren't
complacent about it either.

As long as there's customers on the Internet that can demand and get routable IPv4 addresses from
our competitors, we will have to offer IPv4.  We don't have the luxury of a Verizon or a Qwest to be
able to look that customer in the eye and say "NO, and nobody else is going to give you one either"
and have the customer curse and swear at us but, due to cut-rate pricing or contracts, other bundling and
marketing stuff that allows us to lock in that customer, be able to force our will on them.

And before you start saying that these large ISPs can't force customers to do anything, I see it
happening all the time.  All they have to do is cut their monthly rate below ours - and it doesn't
take much - and there's a lot of customers out there who will do whatever they tell them to.  We have
even lost customers to the big guys who ended up paying MORE to the big guys - but went to them
solely because they got a unified telephone/internet bill from a single provider, and they had some
accountant 2000 miles away paying the bill who wanted it that way.

SO, we will be more than happy to 'reclaim and share those crumbs".  It will keep us alive for
a long enough time for the big guys to start playing hardball with their customers and forcing
them to IPv6.  Once the big guys start telling their customers NO (or more likely that it will
cost them plenty) to get IPv4, then we will be able to raise prices or do whatever it takes to make
our customers go to IPv6 as well.


From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 12:38 AM
To: ppml at arin.net
Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Effect of ARIN's Letters

The good news is that we're discussing this on the ARIN list, rather than debating policies about IPv4 reclaiming which I personally equate to reclaiming and sharing of crumbs. Nobody's ever survived on crumbs that size.

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