[arin-ppml] ARIN-2013-4: RIR Principles / Request for General Thoughts

David Farmer farmer at umn.edu
Tue Jun 25 23:11:46 EDT 2013

On 6/7/13 09:16 , Chris Grundemann wrote:

> 1) Do you support the principle of efficient utilization based on need
> (Conservation/Sustainability)?

Yes, however the focus on conservation over other considerations 
exemplified by current IPv4 policy is an artifact of the IPv4 free pool 
run-out.  Once the ARIN IPv4 free pool is gone, other considerations 
will need more sway in policy, such as the fact that IPv4 addresses will 
have to be purchased on the transfer market.  This means policies that 
ensuring a fluid and functional market are more important than conservation.

Furthermore, in IPv6 short-term conservation is much less important than 
long-term sustainability and innovation.

> 2) Do you support the principle of hierarchical aggregation (Routability)?

Yes, however the need for hierarchical aggregation should be less about 
who should or shouldn't get allocations and more about ensuring that 
subsequent allocations are aggregateable with previous allocations to 
the greatest extent possible.  This is exemplified by sparse allocation 
within IPv6.

> 3) Do you support the principle of uniqueness (Registration)?

Yes, this is the most necessary of the four.

> 4) Do you support the goal of balancing these principles with each
> other under the overarching principle of Stewardship?

Yes, there will always be trade-offs.  Stewardship is about balancing 
these trade-offs to ensure the long-term availability of Internet number 
resources while attempting to meet the short-term operational needs for 
the same resources.


I think there are even higher principle that we should be considering, 
such as.

- All Internet users (or consumers) and devices connected to the 
Internet are entitled to unique internet number resource assigned to 
them from a network operator.

- Network operators, public or private, are entitled to unique Internet 
number resource from the Internet Registry System to connect users (or 
consumers) and devices to the Internet.

David Farmer               Email: farmer at umn.edu
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