[arin-ppml] RIPE/ITU

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Sat Feb 27 11:18:46 EST 2010

On Feb 27, 2010, at 9:20 AM, Joe Baptista wrote:
> In any case my two cents in all this is - now that countries have discovered the value of IPv? the MLM (multi-level marketing) monopoly at ARIN/IANA/APNIC/RIPE/etc might come to a close.
> This is a fight I consider entertaining enough to watch. The ITU is a fools paradise of myopic bureaucracy. They were offered the opportunity of getting involved in the Internet back in the 80's and they turned it down. I'm not confident they know what they are doing. But at least the MLM monopoly would be broken.

Joe - 

The multi-level assignment model of (IANA, Regional Registries, 
Local Registries/ISPs, end organizations) is indeed unitary in nature.   
This was established quite intentionally in order to provide uniqueness, 
conservation, and hierarchy to the address allocation process.   Without 
extensive automation, it's not obvious how one would have multiple 
competing registries in this space and still meet any of the requirements 
handed down by community, particularly with respect to IPv4.  

Under IPv6, there's certainly a vast abundance of space, which means 
that if the principles of conservation and hierarchy were to be thrown 
out by the community, one could look at a number of alternatives.  
What benefits do you want to accomplish, and have you considered
the impacts (e.g. routing) of changing the framework as you suggest?


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