[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2014-20: Transfer Policy Slow Start and Simplified Needs Verification

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Sep 23 19:04:36 EDT 2014

$SEARCH_ENGINE has to go through the same policy hurdles as Dave’s Tire Shop if $SEARCH_ENGINE is complying with policy.

Eliminating all policy hurdles from everyone is _NOT_ a solution to the fact that some organizations choose to eschew policy and thus community interest in favor of self-interest.


On Sep 22, 2014, at 7:01 PM, David Huberman <David.Huberman at microsoft.com> wrote:

> ​Hiya Matthew,
> Thanks for the reply.  I want to respond to one item in your post:
> > I suspect the challenge here is that not everyone
> > is in agreement about what constitutes a
> > "bona fide" transfer, as opposed to a land
> > grab.  If we look at land allocations in california
> > as any indication, humans will warp and twist
> > any well-intentioned plan for their own greed
> > and profits.
> If you talk to brokers and look at publicly-available
> data, it shows that the telcos and cablecos and large
> content providers have already scooped up (or are
> in the process of scooping up) the space they need
> for the forseeable future (presumably enough to
> tie them over until dual-stacking is sufficient).
> Amazon has been transferring blocks of a million
> IPs into their name from Merck for a few years now,
> according to transfer stats and Whois.
> Google has secured an exclusive option for more than
> a /8 worth of space already.
> Large blocks have disappeared off the market in China
> faster than you can lookup the Chinese welcoming phrase
> for "Hi".  [If anyone has an in on non-fraudulent space in
> China for sale, please hit me up!] 
> From my point of view - and the point of view of my
> executives - this isn't a land grab.  It's for-profit
> corporations doing what's necessary to survive the
> current landscape while, as one PPML poster eloquently
> put it, fulfilling their fiduciary duty to their shareholders
> to ensure continuity of operations.  It makes business sense
> to these companies to buy or tie-up this space.
> And my point is not so much to argue about whether these
> are morally right or not, but to say that the big guys are already
> engaged in the market fully.  ARIN policy needs, in my opinion,
> to look out for everyone else to ensure equitability.  It isn't fair,
> in my world view, if Google can buy space willy-nilly without
> consequence, but Matthew and Dave's Tire Shop can't buy a
> /22 for their 1,000 devices which need front-end space without
> going through multiple rounds of transfers and purchases and
> what-have-you under ARIN policy.
> Just my opinion,
> David
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