[arin-ppml] End non-public IPv4 assignments?

Jimmy Hess mysidia at gmail.com
Tue Jan 25 12:19:41 EST 2011

On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM, Jack Bates <jbates at brightok.net> wrote:
> On 1/24/2011 8:40 PM, Owen DeLong wrote:
>> IP addresses are for hosts which connect to other hosts using the
>> TCP/IP protocol. You cannot use TCP/IP without IP addresses.
> Can't we just say IP = Internet Protocol
> use of IP = use of Internet. :)

That all-inclusive abstracted/fabricated definition of  internet
belies the obvious one. IP is the standard protocol of the internet;
but if you use IP and do not interconnect  to many networks, then your
use is not internet.     That use is IP,  and no more internet than
dialing up a BBS over a modem for a one-on-one connection;   the RIRs
purpose of existence is to provide stewardship of address space for
the community,   not  to ensure resources for everyone who wants to
use IP.

The policy is about non-connected networks.  The networks that want to
use IP but   have no intention to interconnect. The community behind
ARIN is by far one that does interconnect.     Interconnection is
viewed as a   pre-requisite  for  being part of the community.
That is..  until you decide to connect your network,  it's just a
private castle,  you can use IPX for all the world cares.

Networks using IP for internal communications with no plan to ever
interconnect globally are  "secondary users"  of IP address space.
There are few/no known networks that actually fall under this policy,
 but the policy is also wide open for various abuses,  due to the
unverifiable nature of unconnected networks.

Non-connected networks can use private RFC1918 addressing while
non-connected, and then renumber their networks later  into address
space assigned by their ISP,   if they do  decide to redesign and

Or they could be allowed to apply for and receive needed IP addressing
for their non-connected network from a LIR  (ISP) in their  area.

> Jack

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