[arin-ppml] Draft Policy 2011-1 - Inter-RIRTransfers -Shepherd's Inquiry

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Thu Jun 23 15:39:54 EDT 2011

> My argument is that we cannot abandon the whole IP market thing. It is out of our control, because the limited power we have is in Whois and reverse naming.
> We can't force network operators to route or not to route certain addresses, and I see no stomach at ARIN for challenging legacy transfers by revoking and reissuing their space.
Like speculation, just because you don't see it does not mean that it is not there.

I believe that confronted with a legacy transfer that happened off the books ARIN will go through the following steps (John, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong):

	1.	Attempt to contact the original holder of the resources
			If they acknowledge the transfer, see if the recipient and original holder will work to
			complete the transaction under NRPM 8.

			If they do not acknowledge the transfer, let them know their space has been hijacked
			and encourage them to take appropriate action.

			If they are unreachable, work with the recipient to see if sufficient documentation
			exists to complete an 8.2 or 8.3 transfer and attempt to do so.

	2.	If the original resource holder is unreachable and a transfer cannot be completed
		as described above, I believe ARIN will reclaim the space as abandoned and take
		the appropriate steps to clean and reissue it.

	3.	If the original resource holder is unreachable or uncooperative and the "recipient" refuses to cooperate,
		I believe ARIN is also likely to proceed with reclamation under NRPM 12.

> So to think we have any significant power to prevent the rise of an IPv4 market is naive. What we should do is acknowledge it and take the steps to transition ARIN from an arbiter of who gets addresses to a title-agency whose routing authority is respected enough to handle the challenges facing registration in the post-exhaust world.

Can we prevent the rise of a market? Probably not. Can we apply a needs-basis test to that market and regulate the redistribution of addresses through that market by applying reasonable stewardship policies governing the source and recipient conduct in the market? Yes.

There is a lot of room between the extremes of "ignore the market altogether" and "acknowledge the market and let it become a free-for-all with no rules".

I realize that you favor the latter extreme. I favor something towards the former, but much closer to the middle.


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