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

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu Feb 10 17:27:40 EST 2011

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:04 PM, Benson Schliesser
<bensons at queuefull.net> wrote:
> On Feb 10, 2011, at 3:56 PM, William Herrin wrote:
>> 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.
> U.S. law starts with the Constitution (and prior traditions), delegates
> authority to the 3 federal branches and the states, etc, etc.
> You know all of this.
> Where does ARIN fit into that governance structure?  What legal
> authority does ARIN have to govern anybody against their will?
> I'm not talking about appeals to "community" and "consensus",
> which are fundamentally good things that carry little-to-no legal weight.

Hi Benson,

Where do Canadian laws fit into that structure? And the rules set by
your homeowner's association?

Did you know that a Board of Directors or a Board of Trustees is often
referred to as a Governance Board or Governing Board? Do you know why?

What authority does ARIN have? Try announcing a route to addresses
ARIN has registered to someone else. See how long it lasts. ARIN has
precisely the authority that the folks who operate the Internet choose
to give it. They choose to give it the authority to determine who the
legitimate user of each North American Internet number resource is.
Because the operators choose to give ARIN the authority to govern the
assignment of addresses, ARIN has that governing authority. It's not
contractual or legal, it's conventional. ARIN's legal framework merely
supports and stabilizes the structure.

Bill Herrin

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