[arin-ppml] ARIN-prop-136 Services Opt-out Allowed for Unaffiliated Address Blocks

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Thu Feb 24 19:58:32 EST 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> Please address the question I raised earlier today. Either ARIN is still
> the registry of uniqueness for this block and this part of the globe and
> will have a pointer to whatever whois provider there is, or ARIN is
> *not* the registry of uniqueness for the block in which case they must
> either be transferred to another RIR (which requires ICANN to do
> something) or transferred nowhere (which doesn't seem feasible).

[Milton L Mueller] 

See false assumption #3.

The allocation function, which maintains uniqueness, is functionally separate from the Whois service.
One could, therefore, opt out of ARIN-provided Whois and continue to use ARIN as the unique registry. See: registrar-registry split in DNS. 

> In the first of those three cases, one hasn't "opted-out" of anything.
> ARIN is still the ICANN-recognized holder of the record of unique
> registration, even if it is simply a pointer to a more-easily-changeable
> thing. (Why ARIN would want to point to (or ARIN's members would want
> ARIN to point to) something which could be changed outside of community-
> developed policy, I don't know)
> Matthew Kaufman

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