[arin-ppml] Call for a study & survey to obtain necessary information for policy development

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Sat Apr 30 07:51:07 EDT 2011

PPML Folks - 
   Apologies for top-posting, but Mr. Lyon's message which follows
   contains a specific call for ARIN to charter a study including 
   a survey in order to obtain additional information to assist in 
   policy development.

   I've not seen any discussion of this suggestion; would it be 
   possible to get feedback from the otherwise shy participants
   on the PPML mailing list? 


John Curran
President and CEO

On Apr 29, 2011, at 5:46 PM, Jeffrey Lyon wrote:

> All,
> I would like to go on record and state my position in support Mike
> Burns' idea that IPv4 resources be transitioned into an open market
> exchange. Realizing that i'm making this recommendation without proper
> data and generally going against the current what we should do is
> charter ARIN to conduct a comprehensive study and:
> - Conduct a survey of the public at large, PPML users, full members,
> resource holders, and the AC to gain a clear understanding of
> sentiment for or against an open market.
> - In the survey, ask IPv4 resource holders to anonymously disclose
> their true utilization rates and determine if companies are hoarding
> resources either in hopes of future resale or to cover an arbitrary
> future need.
> - Determine the amount of participants that would come forward if told
> they could resell their space on the open market and ultimately
> determine how much unneeded space is being locked away in loosely
> justified allocations.
> - Determine how many companies actually have IPv6 migration plans and
> ascertain road blocks, either legitimate or financial, that are
> preventing migration.
> - Determine the economic impact. Would resource holders be better off
> selling their resources to more affluent companies who would be able
> to put the space to better use? Might there be a host of struggling
> small businesses who would like to put their /17 - /21 on the balance
> sheet? Are there companies that would purchase IPv4 space at a premium
> if allowed to do so?
> - Determine if resource holders would be encouraged to tighten up
> internal policies and free up more space if there were a fair market
> value assigned to their space.
> - Would resource holders support a model that allowed ARIN to take a
> small commission on resource sales and then discontinue the practice
> of charging an annual fee to its members who are not buying and
> selling resources.
> I'm sure I have colleagues here that could help refine what this study
> would hope to achieve or provide ideas for other data that can be
> tracked.
> Best regards,
> -- 
> 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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