[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2013-4: RIR Principles - revised

Mike Burns mike at nationwideinc.com
Thu Jul 11 13:45:16 EDT 2013

This is however a solid observation, and I have a couple items for
consideration in response:

1) Conservation is not the only guiding principle listed here for a
reason, the principle of stewardship is in large part needed to
balance the set of guiding principles.
2) ARIN (as a community) has chosen to go down the transfers path
rather than the reclamation path, both can serve conservation if
properly managed.


I say that conservation as effected through RIR policies have never been 
directed at the utilization of allocated addresses, except in the context of 
additional free pool allocations.
Considering that as stewards we were charged with growing and sustaining the 
Internet, it made absolute sense to try to get as many addresses allocated 
as possible, constrained only by the need to protect the free pool from bad 
actors. Thus the decision not to charge for free pool addresses, but instead 
dole them out for free to those who merely had to demonstrate a need. It 
makes no sense to me to try to retrospectively dismantle this "light touch" 
distribution system and replace it with one which seems to require an 
ongoing audit/revokation mechanism to fully comply with this supposed 
principle, especially in light of the natural conservation provided by a 
priced transfer market.


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