[arin-ppml] RIPE/ITU

James Hess mysidia at gmail.com
Thu Mar 4 09:52:38 EST 2010

On Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 7:39 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> accept a change. And IANA has been the authoritative source for
> numbers used on the Internet since it was brought into being for that
> purpose, well before there was a commercial Internet. Excepting
> accidents every ISP accedes to that. And practically speaking, there's

Yes, but why does every ISP accede to that?
Do they fear the government will come in and shut them down or
fine/jail them for not using only IP addresses they got re-assigned by
a RIR or LIR?

Or do they accede to it, because it is an accordance with community standards,
and the community would not  be willing to connect to their network,
if they failed to follow the accepted standards.......  and   won't
route those IPs for them anyways?  :)

> nowhere else you can go for IP addresses that will be honored on the
> Internet. And we apply strict, frequently arcane rules as to who can
> have our IP addresses at all and how many they can have.

We apply strict, arcane rules,  but the rules pertain to  the
technical network design circumstances under which IP addresses are

We don't apply rules like  "Companies in country X  get Y number of IP
prefixes or  Z number of IP addresses"

Neither to limit the IP addresses a country may get,  nor  to force
them to get or have reserved  IP addresses they don't need.


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