[arin-ppml] Do people see a middle ground?

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Mon Aug 2 16:32:43 EDT 2010

On 8/1/2010 9:06 PM, Alexander, Daniel wrote:
> Not too long ago there were policy discussions about rationing the last of
> the IP resources allocated to ARIN. Many were opposed to this. The general
> opinion was that organizations should not be denied needed resources now,
> for something that may be needed later. Then some found a compromise in
> section4.10.
> Then there are proposals that suggest parking resources for the future
> because we cannot be sure what the situation will be two years from now.
> These topics were met with opposition against denying known, current needs
> for unknown circumstances in the future.
> Finally, there are the discussions about rationing the last bits of IPv4
> space by defining what technologies are worthy of receiving the last of the
> unallocated IPv4 resources.
> So a couple questions come to mind.
> Of all the methods being discussed, aren¹t they just rationing in one form
> or another? If so, they why don¹t we simplify the conversation and ration
> the last of the IP space by size and timeframe without all the requirements
> on an organization that add to the overhead of ARIN staff? Wouldn¹t the end
> result be the same?
> Should ARIN be defining topologies or technologies for an organization? Many
> argued strongly in the past against this direction. How much will really be
> accomplished fine tuning the use of the last 0.4% of the IPv4 space compared
> to how the other 99.996% is being used?
> Are some forms of rationing more acceptable than others? I¹m curious if
> there are some who are opposed to outright rationing but find putting
> requirements on technologies as an acceptable middle ground? What do they
> feel is the difference or the compromise?
> Please let me know your thoughts.
> Dan Alexander

My $0.02 is that the second you institute some form of formalized 
rationing, your saying that IPv4 is over.  The largest orgs cannot
get blocks anymore and thus to them, the IPv4 party is over, the cops
have come, and the host is busy throwing everyone out the back door.

Once your no longer able to fill large IP address requests, it's over.


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