[arin-ppml] Internet Fairness

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Sat Dec 20 12:57:17 EST 2014

> On Dec 19, 2014, at 6:31 PM, Mike Burns <mike at iptrading.com> wrote:
> Hi Randy,
> But 2014-14 would make it impossible to "buy up all of the space and then set its own price."
> Only a single /16 per year per entity could be received without a needs test.
> The original /0 IPv4 space was fragmented originally into /8s and then into /16s, and then atomized and dispersed through another 20 years of worldwide allocations. There is just no way to re-aggregate the space into a single operational seller.
> Certainly not out of the sight of ARIN policy makers, who have the whip-hand here.

It's utterly simple to create artificial entities, if necessary.

There are only about 48,000 /16s en toto in all of the IPv4 unicast space. In reality, when you consider the potential transfer market, it's more likely on the order of 4,000. 

Want to bet that there are not organizations out there that would be able to create enough entities to absorbe 4,000 /16s pretty quickly for the sake of attempting to flip them at a speculative profit?

I think it's a bad bet.


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