[arin-ppml] If it ain't broke... [WAS: Re: ARIN-prop-163 Dedicated resources for initial ISP allocations]

Chris Grundemann cgrundemann at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 16:09:08 EST 2012

> Jeffrey Lyon wrote:
>> I may be inclined to support, but really the free pool should be
>> further restricted. Companies with the financial resources should be
>> encouraged to use the transfer market. New applicants who are also
>> small businesses, non-profit, etc. should be given priority on the
>> free pool. This could go many ways, but I wanted to at least open it
>> up for discussion.

Joe Maimon wrote:
> Jeff,
> I agree with you, but that turkey never got airborne when I last tried it.
> See
> http://lists.arin.net/pipermail/arin-ppml/2010-April/017321.html
> Perhaps you would have better luck -- jump in the water is fine!

Another angle to consider in this debate is that the current state of
affairs is already conducive to this precise behavior.

Currently we have a three month window for allocations from the free
pool and a soon to be 24 month window for transfers. This disparity
creates the encouragement and thus priority that Jeffrey calls for. I
say this because the 3-month window creates an administrative burden
and a limited planning horizon, thus encouraging folks to look
elsewhere for addresses. Companies with large enough networks are
finding new ways to optimize their internal usage to free up addresses
for use, rather than return to the free pool. Other companies with
large enough bank accounts are starting to turn to the transfer
market, where they can "dip" less often; creating lower administrative
overhead and a better planning horizon (24 months vs. 3). The net
affect seems to be that larger, more established players are going
elsewhere, leaving the free pool available for smaller and newer
players. The difference in allocation windows actually creates a free
pool reserve, quite on accident, but effective none the less.

Something to consider.


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