[arin-ppml] New Entrants shut out? (Was: ARIN-2011-5: ... - Last Call

Jeffrey Lyon jeffrey.lyon at blacklotus.net
Sat Apr 30 03:22:38 EDT 2011

On Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 1:57 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
>> This is true, unless we embrace a free market.
> How is a free market with needs-based justification any different from a free
> market without it in this respect?
> Owen


Two concerns come to mind. It's 3AM here so i'm sure i'll think of more later:

- Needs based justification requires a substantial amount of oversight
on our part, it takes a lot of time (and therefore $) to keep track of
justification and maintain it in a format that is acceptable to ARIN.
Then when we submit a request it is scrutinized, which costs more T+$.

- Right now my organization is holding 2 x /21. We waited over 4 years
to submit our request for the second /21 in order to avoid the
aforementioned, and in an attempt to take care of the resources we had
been given. We finally caved in and took the second /21 just a few
weeks shy of the IANA depletion and now recognize that future
allocations are going to become near impossible to find. IPv6 adoption
is underway, but unfortunately support and adoption is slow to catch

This leaves us rationing space to customers in what amounts to a
digital breadline, where customers have to beg for space and we have
to debate with them about why they're now paying $10 per month, per IP
(it's to discourage people from attempting to justify large
assignments and to encourage larger customers to go direct to ARIN)
where other companies who managed to "justify" /17 and shorter are
freely handing out space. As a practical matter, we would be willing
to pay substantially for allocations that we project will be needed in
the future. Unfortunately, need based justification leaves us pulling
coupons out of our proverbial ration book instead of simply bidding
for the space that we're going to need to sustain our business. Keep
in mind that my "need" might look like a "want" to ARIN, but that's
all in the eye of the beholder.

As Americans, when we want or need something and we have the means to
obtain it, we go out and buy it. The market determines the price while
supply and demand principles ensure that those who wish to make a
purchase are able to do so without waiting in line or being told
they're going to have to buy something different.

Jeffrey Lyon, Leadership Team
jeffrey.lyon at blacklotus.net | http://www.blacklotus.net
Black Lotus Communications - AS32421
First and Leading in DDoS Protection Solutions

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