[arin-ppml] Fw: Accusationof fundamentalconflictofinterest/IPaddress policypitched directly to ICANN

Mike Burns mike at nationwideinc.com
Wed May 4 14:16:49 EDT 2011

Hi Owen,

I think private registries are a good idea.
I think Benson's proposals would have led to them, but were voted down by the ARIN community.
One of the reasons given was the lack of oversight which would result from the implementation of Benson's proposals.
To my mind, such oversight can only come from a higher level. 
The proposed private registry after all, would be on the same level and performing the same function as the RIRs.

ICANN is the higher level, in my mind, based on their clear approval responsiblity for new RIRs, and their predating the RIRs.
ICANN has a policymaking apparatus which is being appealed to by the writer of the letter which started this thread.

Here is a document I found which proposes that ICANN adopts a set of requirements for those who wish to provide private registry services:

I just skimmed it, but if the community decided that Benson's proposals suffered only from a lack of oversight, and required action at a global level, then perhaps they will add their voice to the support which I offered.

If the action happens at this level as a result of an informed decisionmaking process at ICANN, then I am happy because it will expedite the appearance of competing registries.

And why do I want competing registries? Is it because ARIN charges too much, or their website is hard to navigate?
Is it because I wish to take my business elsewhere as a statement against ARIN staff? Is it their response time?
Is it because I am a buyer who requires more than officer attestation for determining the right to sell addresses?
Is it because I am a buyer who does not wish to sign an LRSA or RSA?
Is it because I choose a 5 year planning horizon? 
Do I want to transfer out of region?

No, none of those reasons, although are all, in my mind, potentially valid reasons for somebody to change registries.
It is because I think a competing registrar would naturally reduce barriers to transfers.

And that is my underlying goal. In fact, ARIN could probably pull the rug out from under a private registry by beating them to the punch and removing restrictions for all transfers.

(I think needs analysis should be done on free-pool allocations, though. I hope that goes without saying.)

As for the talk about the perils or benefits of free markets, I will leave that aside in the belief that the readers have internalized our different perspectives.


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