[arin-ppml] Future pressures on the ARIN policy process (Was: Use of "reserved" address space)

Warren Wholesale.com warren at wholesaleinternet.com
Thu Jul 1 15:58:21 EDT 2010

Last year I posted a thread on here about how an organization with
significant enough financial desire (along with a large swatch of IP
addresses) could forestall the migration to ipv6.  Unfortunately, I was
soundly rebuffed by people calling me paranoid. One person [privately]
called me a troll and threatened to report me to the list-police.


It is in my opinion a foregone conclusion that we will be dual-stacking for
the foreseeable future and that requires a continued supply of IPv4
addresses.  That puts current resource holders in a desirable position and
non-resource holders in a non-desirable position.  Right now it’s all fun
and games because everyone can get v4 addresses.  Once the resource is no
longer cheap, this is going to be an entirely different ballgame.  


With the impending IPv4 exhaustion I think ARIN changing the voting policy
was the right move.  We need more policies like that.




From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On
Behalf Of John Curran
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 1:46 PM
To: William Herrin
Cc: arin-ppml at arin.net
Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Future pressures on the ARIN policy process (Was:
Use of "reserved" address space)


On Jul 1, 2010, at 2:29 PM, "William Herrin" <bill at herrin.us> wrote:

That's the point. Hand-pick the board and you can ram through nearly
anything you want, even if it has a significant downside for ARIN
participants who aren't you. There are some limits in place, but
little that isn't readily skirted with a simple majority vote of board
members. Certainly nothing of the "checks and balances" variety built
down in the portions of ARIN's structure that are immutable.

Things like the board members not drafting policies... the board can
change that with a simple majority vote.

I'm also not entirely sure how ARIN went about changing "those who pay
$500 are eligible to vote" to "those who pay and hold resources." Was
voting eligibility also decided with a vote of the board? If a process
can change it one way, the same process can change it another.


You are absolutely correct with respect to the power of the Board

and ability of a single entity to potentially "capture" the organization 

if they were able to dominate an election at the last minute.  This is

the type of potential risk that the Board considered when making the

recent changes in membership and voting.


John Curran

President and CEO



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