[arin-ppml] Avoiding industry self-destruction through better policy

Eliot Lear lear at cisco.com
Sun May 17 14:46:12 EDT 2009

On 5/16/09 2:49 AM, Scott Leibrand wrote:
> In a fit of what hopefully wasn't clairvoyance, I just started imagining
> the possibility that similar language might be used about our industry
> if we do a poor job of dealing with the upcoming IPv4 free pool
> exhaustion.  So a couple questions to ponder:
>   - Are any of ARIN's current policies contributing to potential industry
> self-destruction?
>   - Is there anything else we can/should be doing to create policy that
> will prove our self-governance model workable through this transition?

These are great questions with no easy answers, Scott.  It's clear that 
many people have a lot of passion around them.  Of my time I've paid 
attention to this list, I've seen the following policy goals (amongst 
others) either stated or implied:

1.  Stretch IPv4's life out as long as possible
2.  Encourage a speedy migration to IPv6
3.  Distribute remaining IPv4 addresses fairly (for some value of "fair")
4.  Maintain the registry in as accurate manner as possible.

I believe these four goals are extremely difficult to reconcile.  I 
think it would be helpful for the community leadership to hold an open 
discussion here about these and other goals.


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