[arin-ppml] ARIN-prop-133: No Volunteer Services on Behalf of Unaffiliated Address Blocks

Edward Lewis Ed.Lewis at neustar.biz
Tue Feb 15 15:12:49 EST 2011

At 13:18 -0600 2/15/11, Benson Schliesser wrote:

>There are legacy holders with concern, not because the services are free,
>but because they are subjected to governance without their consent.
>It would not be appropriate for me to speak more specifically on their behalf.
Given these lines, I think then the policy proposal has been made for 
the wrong reasons.  For one, there isn't any specific complaint 
coming from legacy holders, just speculation that they would be 
impacted.  (If a legacy holder came forward and found grounds for a 
policy to remove their listing, that's another matter.)

Thinking that legacy holders are completely free to do as they wish 
is false.  For example, I (can only) believe they had to submit to 
being in WhoIs from the start.  The conditions under which Postel 
assigned resources are just not well documented, the "strings 
attached" are unknown.  It could be that all of the resources are 
reclaimable under some obscure interpretation of GFE (government 
furnished equipment) rules.  This was mentioned by ARIN's legal 
council at a meeting a few years ago.

OTOH, if the resources could legally be reclaimed, the disruption to 
the Internet may not be worth the tussle.
Edward Lewis
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