[arin-ppml] ARIN-prop-178 Regional Use of Resources

Tony Hain alh-ietf at tndh.net
Sat Jul 14 13:07:07 EDT 2012

Owen DeLong wrote:
> ...
> Do you think that an ISP from out of region should be allowed to set up a
> small shell company in the US and then obtain unlimited resources from
> to use in their operations elsewhere in the world?
>> ...

Just a reminder that the address space is a global resource. ARIN is a
regional administrator to - facilitate - distribution, just like the other
4. It was not set up to act as a body that hoards everything it can get its
hands on. 

Rewind the clock to ~'96 when IANA handled all distribution, and there was
no 'this is mine' mentality. Seriously, 2 year olds in the sandbox do a
better job of resource sharing than what we are seeing in the wind-down of
the IPv4 pool. 

I still believe that the best course of action would be for the RIR holding
the largest pool to take on the role of IANA and do a monthly/quarterly
distribution through any RIR without the resources to meet its customer's
needs. This avoids the problem of shell companies in all regions, and the
associated short-term bubble staffing demands to review requests; as well as
depleting the remaining free pool in an expeditious manner, which avoids
absurd distortions in whatever market emerges. 

IPv4 is a historical artifact, get over it and move on. Arguing over
policies intended to hoard the last remaining scraps on the bone is more the
domain of the Condor or Jackal than civilized facilitators. 


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