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

David Farmer farmer at umn.edu
Thu Jul 11 19:58:59 EDT 2013

I really don't understand this debate on Conservation. :{

There are some that seem to be claim that conservation is irrelevant 
with IPv4 free pool run-out.

I say so what!  We still have IPv6 and ASNs to worry about, and while 
both resource pools are GARGANTUAN by comparison, they are not infinite. 
  Therefore some concept of conservation remains necessary, obviously 
not the same concept that we have had in IPv4 for the last 20 years or 
so.  But, completely eliminating conservation as a concept, principle, 
or goal, of how we manage Internet number resources, seems like the 
proverbial "throwing the baby out with the bath water."

Then others are not willing to concede that anything changes with IPv4 

I'll can say I really hope something changes, the focus on conservation 
that became necessary in the late '90s for IPv4, has nearly lead to the 
abandonment of other principles like the end-to-end model, open 
availability of resources (anyone building a network should be able to 
get unique addresses), etc...

So how do we move forward? I suggest;

1. Can everyone concede that going forward, conservation is much less 
important, but that the need for some concept of conservation doesn't 
completely go away either.

2. Lets focus the conversation on other issues for a while, let this 
cool down a little, then come back to it after we've cooled down and 
maybe have resolved some of the other issues.

3. Are there other concepts, principles, or goals that were missing?  I 
suggested earlier that there were additional principles we should be 
looking at.  An candidates has come up in the conversation today that I 
would like to propose;

    0.2 Fair Distribution

    The principle of Fair Distribution is the precept that the
    fundamental purpose of Internet number resources management is to
    distributed unique number resources in a fair and impartial manner
    to entities building and operating networks, for benefit of all
    Internet users equally, and thereby facilitating the growth and
    sustainability of the Internet.

I'd make this #2 behind Registration, and I'd suggest Conservation could 
follow and ties into this principle through the concepts of "fairness" 
and "sustainability"

David Farmer               Email: farmer at umn.edu
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