[arin-ppml] Accusation of fundamental conflict ofinterest/IPaddress policy pitched directly to ICANN

Keith W. Hare Keith at jcc.com
Mon May 2 12:08:10 EDT 2011


You wrote:

  The registry will stand or fall based on its performance in 
  a competitive environment.

  The idea is similar to the concept of school vouchers. With 
  school vouchers, you can take your child out of public school,
  and put him in private school. The public schools lose some 
  money as the vouchers are created, just as ARIN may lose some
  registration fee revenue.

  The concept is that competitive pressures will be applied 
  to the public resources which will increase the efficiency 
  of the public schools, or in our case, the efficiency of the

As it happens, I've spent some amount of time looking at school funding in the rural Ohio school district where I live. My observations on the concepts of school vouchers and competition as a driver of school efficiency are:

1. While school vouchers may provide some benefit in urban areas with large student populations, they are of no benefit in rural areas.

2. At least in Ohio, school voucher programs have cost funding for rural school districts while providing no benefit to rural students.

3. The issues in public school districts are mostly not related to efficiency.

So maybe your analogy is valid. 

>From my point of view, ARIN is operating very efficiently. I do not see how getting lawyers and "title" insurance involved is going to be more efficient -- any time I have to deal with a lawyer it costs me time and money.

Keith Hare

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