[arin-ppml] Registry functioning

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Thu Jun 4 19:09:15 EDT 2015

On Jun 4, 2015, at 6:45 PM, Matthew Kaufman <matthew at matthew.at<mailto:matthew at matthew.at>> wrote:

You can also note that while RFC2050 mentions "transfer" exactly once, without definition, it is now obsolted by RFC7020 which doesn't mention "transfer" even once.

RFC 2050 was recognized as quite dated, and a number of folks went about an effort
to update it.  Efforts were made to keep the language in RFC 7020 describing the
Internet Number Registry system as objective as possible, and you can look in the
acknowledgements section if you’re curious about the many participants involved.
(I would be remiss if I did not specifically call out David Conrad for his reluctant
but highly effective efforts to keep the document neutral in its descriptive text… :-)

One of the most significant reasons RFC 2050 was dated is due to the inclusion of
detailed registry policy in the document, whereas RFC 7020 specifically does not
include any statement of registry policy, focusing instead on the goals and structure
of the overall system (i.e. a document which we’ve needed for some time and now
have available.)

Should we conclude that meddling in transfers is out of scope for the registry then?

RFC 7020 notes that "The RIRs also conduct regional number policy development
used in the administration of the number resources for which they are responsible.”,
i.e.  it all depends on what policy is developed in this regard.


John Curran
President and CEO

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