[arin-ppml] Discussion Petition of ARIN-prop-125 Efficient Utilization of IPv4 Requires Dual-Stack

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Dec 28 13:27:13 EST 2010

>> I do not believe this problem will be solved with policy.  I believe
>> that the economics of the transfer market vs. the equipment market
>> will make the proper course of action crystal clear at the CxO level
>> over the next couple of years and does not require policy action.
> I wouldn't bet money against that viewpoint. But for better or for
> worse I have observed a growing amount of community interest in some
> form of linking continued IPv4 availability to IPv6 use. If you're
> paying attention, you've noticed it too.

In times of impending crisis, there is often community interest in all
manner of bad actions motivated by a combination of steps in the
grief process: fear, denial, anger, etc. Among these, the worst is
fear and there is no shortage of fear in this situation.

However, good leadership requires sifting through and moving beyond
those factors to what is actually good policy. Limiting the last bread
crumbs of IPv4 to those who have implemented (for some arbitrary
definition of implemented) IPv6 is the policy equivalent of rearranging
the deck chairs. It doesn't really do anything to help the community
but it might keep some people occupied for a while so that they don't
notice the water temperature until it reaches their necks.


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