[arin-ppml] IPv4 Transfer Policy Change to Keep Whois Accurate

Matthew Kaufman matthew at matthew.at
Thu May 12 15:51:38 EDT 2011

On May 12, 2011, at 12:04 PM, John Curran wrote:

> On May 12, 2011, at 11:48 AM, Matthew Kaufman wrote:
>> I'd argue the reverse, actually. If there is a needs basis then the top N ISPs have an advantage in that they are already experts at manipulating the needs basis. (And it really is manipulation, because any of them could actually get by with much much less than they already have if the "need" took into account things like forcing customers to use NAT)
>> One could argue, for instance, that *with* a needs basis Comcast might end up holding nearly all the space... but without a needs basis it might be an investment banking firm instead, who'd then lease the space out to move providers than just Comcast.
> Matthew - 
>   If (for argument) we accept the premise that the "invisible hand" of a well- 
>   functioning market will result in more efficient resource utilization, then 
>   would it also be the case that ARIN should not issue additional IP address 
>   space from the available pool based on need, but instead employ a market 
>   function to improve the overall efficiency of resource utilization?  

That probably should have started years ago. We might not be at runout today if the price had been set properly... and ARIN would have lots more money for lawyers.

Matthew Kaufman

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