[arin-ppml] ARIN-PPML Digest, Vol 57, Issue 3

Rudolph Daniel rudi.daniel at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 08:13:40 EST 2010

I am extremely happy to have a community resource managed by the community
as institution and monopoly Milton. I really do not know what is meant by
more reasonable policies, and !! a countervailing force??? !!

My original post was misunderstood by someone on this list who has since
been advised that  it was a disguised appeal for assistance in supporting
countervailing force in my (small) region where we may not have the strength
and resources to resist the might of a huge commercial monopolist waiting to
gobble us up by any means possible....and just to push the point home to
you, I was not referring to an RIR.

> Le 01/03/2010 08:46, Milton L Mueller a ?crit :
> >
> > As I've said, it's all about the policies. If the ITU or anyone else
> wants to discuss and promote more reasonable policies I'm all for it. ITU
> can serve as a useful countervailing force to the RIR monopoly, just as it
> has with ICANN.
> >
> >
> >
> Your use of the word "monopoly" gives me a twitch every time I hear it. :-)
> You, as well as Dr. Suresh Ramadass imply a commercial monopoly - by
> saying that another source of IP addresses would benefit the consumer.
> I've said it during the IPv6 session at IGF Sharm el Sheikh and I'll say
> it again: the current RIR structure is not a commercial monopoly,
> because the resource it dispenses is a *managed* resource.
> It is managed for one main reason: to ensure one single Internet, an
> Internet that is as stable as can be, and as manageable as can be. It
> has worked very well so far, and I think you'll find a lot of people
> who'll agree with the view that keeping the Internet as stable as
> possible, is a good thing. I cannot see a valid reason why one would try
> to change a system that's working in its core mission: stability. If it
> ain't broke, don't fix it.
> Now if you're speaking about institutional monopoly, then yes, an
> institutional monopoly is in place, specifically for the reason I have
> explained above. That's what managed resources as all about. I would
> compare this with a country's court system, a country's military, or
> even with the United Nations - after all, they all serve a purpose as an
> institutional monopoly, don't they?
> With a managed commodity, too many cooks spoil the broth.
> Warmest regards,
> Olivier
> --
> Olivier MJ Cr?pin-Leblond, PhD
> http://www.gih.com/ocl.html
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