[arin-ppml] ARIN-PPML 2015-2
matthew at matthew.at
Wed Jun 3 11:20:34 EDT 2015
On 6/3/2015 1:10 AM, Owen DeLong wrote:
> It matters because the ability to obtain unlimited address space absent justified need could be used nefariously in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:
> 1. Competitive advantage
> 2. Anticompetitive practices
> 3. Price gouging
> 4. Market manipulation
That's all true. The ability to obtain unlimited address space *could*
be used that way. Of course with a finite amount of space and without a
free pool, it is really hard to "obtain unlimited address space".
Things that stand in the way:
1. There isn't an "unlimited" amount of address space
2. No buyer in the transfer market has an "unlimited" amount of money
(and even if they did, they wouldn't spend it doing this unless there
was some way to profit from it, which really needs to suppose that they
can also prevent IPv6 from happening)
3. At least so far, there's more space available to transfer than buyers
(suggested by the fact that so far, we are not seeing significant
bidding wars between big players going after the same pieces of space) -
this suggests that even entities which could afford to do what you claim
will happen aren't doing it.
4. And most important, almost all of the space is already in the hands
of organizations that need it for their own purposes, so won't be
willing to sell. Your employer, my employer, and others have all
acquired space their need for their current and ongoing operations - the
only way in the near future to acquire the space that Microsoft or
Amazon (for instance) has acquired to run their cloud services would be
to purchase the entire company. And then you'd be doing an 8.2 transfer!
And because those organizations have the space they need for their own
purposes, none of the things you are worried about can matter:
Competitive advantage? Anticompetitive practices? Doesn't really work
against competitors who already have space.
Price gouging? Market manipulation? Can't do that to people who already
have the space they need.
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