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

Tom Vest tvest at eyeconomics.com
Thu May 19 22:38:33 EDT 2011

On May 19, 2011, at 10:07 PM, George Herbert wrote:

> On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 4:00 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
>> [...]
>>> 2) Even if that's true, adding buyers without need will increase demand and thus increase revenue for the sellers
>> You say that as if it is a good thing. In fact, that is the very crux of the problem with this policy. It will
>> drive up the price of addresses for no purpose of benefit to the community.
> It is of net benefit to the community if it helps encourage IPv6 transitions.

I would be inclined to embrace that as a general conditional statement.
However the conditional part means that it does not apply to this particular proposal.
And merging your two observations together makes it clear why this is so...

> Smooth ramp functions are less catastrophic to community members, and
> the community as a whole, than abrupt brick walls.

It is NOT of net benefit to the community to encourage a minority of members to build ramps for their own smooth (adaptation?) if/when those ramps simultaneously represent brick walls impeding the adaptation all community members -- including (eventually) the ramp builders themselves. 


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