[arin-ppml] ARIN-prop-139 No reassignment without network service

Benson Schliesser bensons at queuefull.net
Fri Apr 8 13:50:35 EDT 2011

On Apr 7, 2011, at 2:56 PM, ARIN wrote:

> ARIN-prop-139 No reassignment without network service
> Proposal Originator: Owen DeLong
> Proposal Version: 1
> ...
> A Local Internet Registry (LIR) is an IR that assigns address space
> exclusively to the users of the network services that it provides. LIRs
> are Network Service Providers (ISPs or NSPs), whose customers may
> include end users and/or other ISPs/NSPs.

I am opposed to this policy proposal.

Fundamentally, the business and operational practices of address holders is beyond ARIN's scope.  As an IP address registry, ARIN has an important mission.  Attempting to extend regulatory control beyond the organization's mandate is inappropriate.  This proposal would be harmful to ARIN's ability to execute on the primary mission, and would be inconsistent with the best interests of ARIN's constituency.

Pragmatically, this proposal fails to achieve the author's goal, and it is not reasonable to do so in the NRPM.  The terminology "network services" is vague; I imagine that "network consulting services" and "network connectivity services" can both be interpreted as consistent with this policy proposal.  However, more restrictive wording would disenfranchise network operators that offer unique or innovative services.


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