[arin-ppml] Draft proposal that needs some wordsmithing

Ray Hunter v6ops at globis.net
Fri May 6 12:32:34 EDT 2011

> From: "Mike Burns" <mike at nationwideinc.com>
> After exhaust a free market is the appropriate mechanism to ensure addresses
> are allocated and used efficiently.
A claim completely unsupported by any credible evidence whatsoever.

Repeating this like a mantra doesn't it make any more true IMHO.

[and yes I think I have read all of the many posts exploring this issue]

[And no, I am not against free markets per se.]
> Prior to exhaust, without such a mechanism, I could have walked up and asked
> for a /2.
You seem to ignore the fact for convenience that this is *almost 
exactly* what happened at the top level allocation split of the 2^32 
globally unique IPv4 address space between US based entities versus the 
rest of the world. The US has approx a /2. The rest of the World (who 
came rather late to the party) have to make do with the rest of the 2^32 

One address space does not exist without the other. We live on a global 
Internet. ARIN allocates addresses from a proper subset of the globally 
unique IPv4 space. ARIN members communicate with nodes located in other 
RIR regions.

If you're going to claim that a free market is the best practice for 
handling the ARIN space upon exhaustion, then it would be completely 
illogical to conclude anything other than that this market would also 
have to be a global market covering all of the RIR regions and all of 
the IPv4 address space [because the 2^32 addresses of the globally 
unique IPv4 address space is a single contiguous global resource].

Especially as demand for address space in APNIC has consistently grown 
so much faster than in the US in the recent past.

The real crunch with IPv4 address exhaustion is not going to hit US 
companies internally, or even communication between ARIN members: it's 
going to hit US companies and ARIN members who want to communicate with 
suppliers, customers etc. located in APNIC. It's no good you having 20 
addresses if your communication partner doesn't have any. [20:1 is the 
current ratio of addresses per capita between the US and CN]

You can't have your cake and eat it.



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