[arin-ppml] ARIN Multiple Discrete Networks Policy

Richard A Steenbergen ras at e-gerbil.net
Mon Oct 3 12:11:45 EDT 2011

On Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 02:47:46PM +0000, John Curran wrote:
> In your request to ARIN, you did claim a compelling reason based on 
> one the examples in the policy.  As noted in ARIN's response, it was 
> ARIN's determination that you failed to demonstrate how your claimed 
> reason were compelling criteria for creating discrete networks.  You 
> have the option of appeal as noted in that communication (and on this 
> list recently) I also referred you to the PPML mailing list so that 
> you could explore the option of developing a policy change that would 
> better meet your expectations.

Actually that's not what you said at all (that would have been a MUCH 
easier argument to have than all of this other nonsense that has been 
going on :P), but ok lets go with it.

There are three example compelling reasons cited in the policy:

* regulatory restrictions for data transmission
* geographic distance and diversity between networks
* autonomous multi-homed discrete networks

I am claiming "geographic distance and diversity between networks" as a 
compelling reason to implement unique routing policies.

I have a network with a bunch of POPs, and they span very large 
geographic distances. In fact, the North American portion spans nearly 
the entire extent of the region the ARIN serves. Large geographic 
distances create several challanges, such as high latency, and large 
costs associated with the transport of data across these distances. 
Thus, it is important for a network which spans large geographic 
distances to ensure traffic gets routed optimally, and at the lowest 
cost (i.e. with the least amount of data transported across these large 
distances possible, by making your transit provider haul and deliver 
traffic to the correct location). To do this, implementing unique 
routing policies across each discrete network is required.

Further, when a network spans these great geographic distances, 
diversity between networks becomes a problem. For example, it may not be 
possible to find the same transit provider at all points, or you may 
need to buy from a transit provider who specifically services region X. 
In order to implement diversity between networks, unique routing 
policies across each discrete network is required.

Now, what part of that seems like it doesn't match the example 
compelling reason? Or, if you think that it doesn't, can you please 
provide an example of something that does? Personally I can't think of a 
better match for this example.

Richard A Steenbergen <ras at e-gerbil.net>       http://www.e-gerbil.net/ras
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