[arin-ppml] "Leasing" of space via non-connectivity providers (was: Re: And so it ends... )

Martin Hannigan hannigan at gmail.com
Mon Feb 7 17:39:08 EST 2011

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Milton L Mueller <mueller at syr.edu> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> ARIN has always enforced a philosophical position:
>> IP addresses go to those with justified technical need.
>> IP addresses are not property.
>> Address leasing without ARIN in the loop holds the prospect of
>> demolishing those principles
> So what? You correctly identify those principles as "philosophical". When facts change, philosophies change, or at least, they'd better. We have words - religious dogma -  that apply when they don't.
> Neither old principle corresponds well with free pool depletion and the existence of competition among multiple claimants for the same resources.
> With "leasing," we see an even simpler process for achieving the same result as address transfers. Existing holders take on all the transactions costs of effecting the transfer that ARIN would otherwise have to assume. Also seems to have good aggregation properties, which a straight transfer does not. What's  not to like?

I agree with everything you've said with the exception of aggregation.
It's not relevant to policy even though a minority consistently link
it. Overall, leasing is significantly advantageous over "purchasing"
since we can't really own IP addresses according to the current
regime. I'm pretty certain that the STLS will see light if any volume
and won't see any significant sized block pass through it as a result
of the current onerous policy considerations (L\RSA) in using it.



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