[arin-ppml] Clean up definition of LIR/ISP vs. end-user

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Tue Apr 30 17:30:49 EDT 2013

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM, Alexander, Daniel
<Daniel_Alexander at cable.comcast.com> wrote:
> If the Internet is a network of networks, why does ARIN, an RIR, need to
> make the distinctions in how it allocates or assigns resources? Why
> shouldn't ARIN simply allocate resources to networks, regardless of how they
> operate simply based on what they need?

Hi Daniel,

Because they aren't ARIN's addresses. They're ours, yours and mine.
And we direct ARIN to act as a steward for those addresses on our
behalf, making them available to you and I. ARIN is not permitted to
abdicate that responsibility to third parties. It may delegate the
responsibility, but such delegation comes with duties on the third
party to also act as a steward for those addresses on our behalf.

So, unless the supply is sufficiently inexhaustible in the quantities
requested as to pose no imaginable need to conserve, ARIN has to
decide whether each request is a case of providing addresses to the
public or delegating its responsibility for doing so to a third party.

Bill Herrin

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