[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 108: Eliminate the term license in the NRPM

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Fri Feb 12 17:38:18 EST 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Buhrmaster, Gary [mailto:gtb at slac.stanford.edu] 
> Can we agree that at least in recent practice(*) the number
> resource agreement in the various regions have stated that
> the numbers are not property?

As a statement of fact, that is obviously true. What I am saying is that the rationale for these assertions escapes me.  
> It seems to me that this proposal is simply trying to codify
> that practice by eliminating ambiguity with the agreements
> that one is already signing.  Ambiguity leads to misunderstanding.
> Misunderstandings (in contracts/policy/pracitice) are bad.

I understand your point. What I don't understand is why some members of the internet technical community are so intent on codyfying and rationalizing a principle that is so obviously out of step with current realities. As the free pool depletes and the need for a transfer market becomes urgent, why is it that these ideological siren songs get in the way of sound policy responses to scarce address resources.


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