[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2014-9: Resolve Conflict Between RSA and 8.2 Utilization Requirements

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 16:59:49 EDT 2014

Hi David,

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM, David Huberman
<David.Huberman at microsoft.com> wrote:
> In contrast to my friend Owen, not only do I believe there is a very serious issue, but I believe this
> proposal is necessary for ARIN to have any hope of being relevant in the years to come. I don't
> mean to use that kind of hyperbole, but the issue is very real from my viewpoint.  Allow me to
> explain.
> There are two different problems which this policy proposal solves.
> 1. Whois accuracy
> =============
> As an ARIN Hostmaster for 10 years, I saw a very high rate of legitimate transfers which were
> abandoned by the requestor.  In turn, Whois did not get updated, and in most cases, remains
> out of date today.
> Think about that for a moment please:  legitimate M&A activity occurred, but Whois never
> got updated.  That's a failure of the system. Why does it fail?
> The common scenario is straight forward:
>         1. Company A buys company B.
>         2. Company A submits a transfer request to ARIN to have the IP address and AS number
>         registrations reflect that Company A is now the registrant.
>         3. ARIN starts asking questions about the utilization of the number resources.
>         4. Company A walks away from the transfer and never returns.
> Step 3 is the consistent problem.  In many cases, Company A never even submits the transfer
> request because they are scared off by step 3.

Then this is our (ARIN Community) problem isn't it, not the policy itself!!


> Now to the second problem.
> 2. Conflict with the RSA:
> ==================
> John Curran can give a more accurate and nuanced history, but as best I can recall, ARIN
> tried to bring more legacy registration holders into the registry system by offering a
> Legacy Registration Services Agreement.  One of the takeaways from that initial effort
> was that legacy registration holders were unwilling to sign any agreement which technically
> allowed ARIN to de-register address space that they had without their consent.
> One of the concessions made over time was language in the RSA documents which
> removed that concern; it prohibits ARIN from forcibly taking away space when the
> signer is in compliance with the other terms and conditions of the contract.

is this in the LSRA only, or in all RSAs??


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