[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: Open Access To IPv6

Matthew Kaufman matthew at matthew.at
Sat May 30 00:00:38 EDT 2009

James Hess wrote:
>> If your argument is routing table size, that's a separate problem that isn't
>> ARIN's problem.
>> Back in the (actually not so) early IPv4 days, I got an IPv4 /24 for my
>> house. My friends and I learned a whole lot about setting up IP networks
>> using our real-world address. Didn't cost us a cent, and many of us have
>> gone on to do more interesting things in the Internet world.
> [snip]
> And it was that liberal allocation of  /24s   partly to blame for why
> IPv4 exhaustion is coming sooner  than otherwise....
You're right, but not for the reason you think.

That liberal allocation meant that a whole lot of people who were 
playing with IP decided to try to hook up to the global Internet, and 
the commercial Internet happened. Without them, it might still be a 
research-and-education playground.
> There simply   aren't  enough  /32s  in existence  for _everyone_
> to get one to play with.
See my earlier comments about reasonably-sized allocations for anyone 
who asks... I didn't suggest that *everyone* would need or get a /32.

Matthew Kaufman

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