[arin-ppml] Equality in address space assignment

David Huberman David.Huberman at microsoft.com
Tue Apr 14 17:34:13 EDT 2015

RIPE and APNIC policy HAVE ALWAYS ALLOWED all first-time requestors to be an LIR and get address space directly from the registry.  In fact, for more than a decade, that size was defaulted to a /20.  It is smaller now (a /22 I believe).   Then to get more space, you show you efficiently utilized what you have.

At the mics at ARIN 35 just today, the large ISPs and Cablecos got up to the mic and said a policy which allows small networks to get a /24 just by asking for it is unfair.

So I ask:
How is RIPE and APNIC's policy unfair, but ARIN's policy of "you must be THIS large a network to participate" fair?

What is the technical basis for not allowing small networks to get PI space?

Decades of RIPE and APNIC policy didn't break the internet.


David R Huberman
Principal, Global IP Addressing
Microsoft Corporation

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