[arin-ppml] "Eligibility for Receiving IP Address Transfers — Evaluating Alternative Policy Options"

Matthew Kaufman matthew at matthew.at
Wed Sep 24 12:42:41 EDT 2014

Interesting document.

I do disagree with the conclusion for "encouraging transition" in some 
cases. For instance, should a wealthy network buy up all IPv4 in order 
to avoid transition, doesn't that scarcity force every other network to 
transition to IPv6 more quickly?

I also note that it only weakly touches on the idea of future sales 
contracts, though we have some anecdotal evidence that this is exactly 
what "wealthy network operators" are doing right now. Both 
"conservation" and "excluding speculators" are modified significantly in 
their meaning if we have big players locking up exclusive access to /8s 
via these kinds of contracts. For instance, under "Maintain needs 
assessment as is" the conclusion is (incorrectly) "Conservation: ... 
This keeps addresses available for others. Wealth alone is not 
sufficient to claim addresses."

Matthew Kaufman

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