[arin-ppml] Microsoft receives court approval for transfer as agreed with ARIN

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Wed Apr 27 15:44:11 EDT 2011

On Apr 27, 2011, at 1:40 PM, Milton L Mueller wrote:

> Direct questions deserve direct answers:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> For this big mass of IPv4 space that is, apparently, being (re-)allocated
>> to Microsoft, will they be justifying the allocation?  
> No. 
> (This is not to say that MSFT could not justify it if they needed to or wanted to, it just means that there is no record in the agreement between Nortel and MSFT of any such justification, nor any legal requirement of such justification, and there is clear language in the sale contract that indicates no such condition was required.) 

>> Will ARIN be vetting that justification?
> Given the facts as stated above, the answer to this question doesn't matter.
> But given the fact that MSFT signed an LRSA and not an RSA, needs justification would not be a requirement in any case. 
> So again, I believe the answer is simply No.

Milton - Please note the following items restated, since you seem to 
be confused on several of these points:

1) All requests for changes to registrations in the region must meet 
   the community policies.  For those under an RSA or LRSA, there is
   clear a contractual basis for enforcement of this, and an LRSA
   never means that "a needs justification would not be a requirement"

2) In the case of Microsoft, the transfer needs-assessment was performed
   successfully as required by policy. I've already stated this multiple 

3) The resources are indeed under a LRSA, one which (per yesterday's 
   press release) states that "transferred Internet number resources 
   will be managed according to the community-developed Internet address
   policies in the region." 

These are the actual facts.  If you believe that I've made any 
incorrect statement, then please do explain your basis for such 
a belief when responding, as this will help me understand your
difficulty in understanding the above.


John Curran
President and CEO

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