[arin-ppml] 2014-2 8.4 Anti-flip Language

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Feb 25 00:12:46 EST 2014

On Feb 24, 2014, at 8:07 PM, Matthew Kaufman <matthew at matthew.at> wrote:

> On 2/24/2014 2:20 AM, Owen DeLong wrote:
>> I disagree. I don’t want to see flipping become a tool for speculation in the market post-exhaustion, any more than I want to see it become a tool for draining the free pool. In fact, I think that the former might be significantly more harmful than the latter at this point. 
> I don't get it. You want everyone to switch to IPv6 as soon as possible, and yet you don't want the IPv4 market to experience speculation that is detrimental to continued use of IPv4?!?

This is because you are ignoring a certain reality of my situation.

Personally, I want everyone to switch. I believe that is best for the internet and best for everyone involved. I want to provide as many incentives and motivations to accomplish that.

However, as an AC member, my responsibility is to act as a good steward of the address space on behalf of the community. Speculation, while it may indirectly serve my personal goal above, will not directly serve the community and is definitely not good stewardship of the address space.

>> I don’t see a problem with that. I have no desire to encourage transfers as a primary choice. I think it is, in fact, just bad policy to do so. Transfers should, IMHO, be viewed as a last resort when free pool options have been exhausted.
> I believe they'd be the "last" "first" and "only" resort, wouldn't they? I mean, if you *need* IPv4, and there's no free pool, what else can you do?

Currently, there is still a free pool. There are those that are advocating distorting policy to make transfers more attractive than draining obtaining addresses from the free pool in hopes of keeping the free pool around for an artificially long time. It is my opinion that such policies are harmful both in terms of creating an artificial extension of the lifetime of the free pool and in terms of distorting the free market aspects of managing transfer policy.


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