[arin-ppml] Implementation of NRPM 8.3

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Fri Apr 22 17:35:17 EDT 2011

On Apr 22, 2011, at 4:49 PM, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:

> Whichever your viewpoint of right, is, the problem all this boils
> down to is that the RIR system did not choose to work through the
> United Nations and the world's governments to have countries pass
> laws to enforce aspects of Internet governance, the way that
> the telephone companies did back when the phone network was being
> extended a hundred years ago.


The "international treaty" approach has distinct strengths and weaknesses 
compared to the "multi-stakeholder, private sector led, bottom-up policy" 
approach.  We're definitely following the latter approach.

> This leaves ARIN and the RIR's with an Achilles heel - which is that
> their ability to enforce policy is dependent on the mechanisms that
> the various countries governments have provided for commercial
> transactions.  Those governments are susceptible to political pressure
> by moneyed interests, so when a Mickeysoft or other big-buck player
> decides that something ARIN is doing is something they don't
> like, they can bring pressure to bear on the politicians, who
> then can interfere with the very mechanism that ARIN has to
> enforce policy.  ARIN knows this so they have to attempt to manipulate
> the situation to keep those big-buck players from influencing
> the government - otherwise they jeopardize the only lever they
> have over the rest of the address holders.

Actually, ARIN is quite willing and able to go to court in order to protect 
the mission of providing registration services in the region. We've done it 
before, but obvious avoid it unless absolutely necessary.


John Curran
President and CEO

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