[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2012-7: Reassignments for Third Party Internet Access (TPIA) over Cable

Jean-Francois.TremblayING at videotron.com Jean-Francois.TremblayING at videotron.com
Thu Sep 6 12:13:24 EDT 2012

> William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> 
> This is a problem where incumbent Canadian cable providers demand that
> subordinate ISPs assign IP addresses in a manner wholly inconsistent
> with ARIN policy and indeed incompatible with good stewardship of the
> dwindling supply of IPv4 addresses.
> ...
> 2. If ARIN acts at all, it should punitively restrict or rescind IPv4
> addresses available to the incumbent cable providers acting in such a
> repugnant manner.

This strong wording is wholly unwarranted. 

There are strong operational and technological requirements that prevent 
cable providers to act otherwise. Cable technology demands for subnets 
to be assigned in large numbers and with a small number of fixed 
prefix lengths. 

ARIN policies may not be aligned with technological realities here, but
by no means morally discutable intentions can be infered from this 
situation. If the policies do not align with reality, fix the policies, 
you'll find them to be much easier to change than the other way around. 


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