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

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu Feb 10 16:56:09 EST 2011

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM, Milton L Mueller <mueller at syr.edu> wrote:
> Let's keep the discussion grounded. The basic, unalterable fact
> is that we are going to have address transfers. These are -
> regardless of what ARIN or this list or the community choose
> to call them - a transfer of a (limited, conditional) property rights
> when transfers take place.
> Note Well: either case would be "leaseholds" under your definition!!
> If we go through ARIN, ARIN is the freeholder and it leases to others.


You are mistaken to describe ARIN as a lessor. ARIN holds the
sociopolitical role of governing authority. It enforces the general
rules for number resource possession in a particular geographic
territory. It sets those rules through a formal public policy process.
It charges only what money it requires to operate. It is no more
correct to compare direct ARIN registrants to lessees than it would be
to describe my home as leased from the Commonwealth of Virginia or
describe my property taxes as rent.

If you insist on viewing ARIN in commercial terms, it's closest analog
is a condominium of which the resource holders each own a voting
share. That's still equivalent to freehold property, hence my allegory
of direct ARIN registrants as freeholders (including those who receive
addresses through transfers) while holders of reassignments are
effectively lessees.

> Huh? No economist that I know of sees the mortgage interest
> write off as anything but a government subsidy to middle
> class home ownership.

And why is that important, Milton? What's so valuable about middle
class ownership of property that every US administration in your
lifetime, Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, every single
administration has incentivized ownership despite the loss of tax
revenue. Why would the governing authority want that? Do you get it?
Because the -reasons- are applicable here as well.

> So the only issue we should be
> debating here is whether the transfers must go through ARIN
> or can holders lease them out directly without invoking the
> transfer process.
> that topic does not fall within [...] the expertise of at least one of us

That debate will indeed be difficult if only one of us is capable of
offering an educated opinion.

Bill Herrin

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