[arin-ppml] LAST CALL for Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2015-3: Remove 30 day utilization requirement in end-user IPv4 policy

Bill Woodcock woody at pch.net
Thu May 19 16:13:42 EDT 2016


> On May 19, 2016, at 11:52 AM, Mike Burns <mike at iptrading.com> wrote:
> I want community members to understand that this is evidence that the market is a natural conserver of valuable resources.

Help me understand what evidence you see that any market has ever conserved expensive FIB slots.

> ...and naturally elevates them to a higher and better use.

It seems to me that this is the same fallacy upon which inter-provider QoS ran aground.  Just because something was valuable and expensive to Party A, and Party A exchanges traffic with Party B, there’s no reason why the same thing would be valued by Party B, who has their own concerns.  Thus, the fact that Party A buys an address block for a lot of money may make routing that address block very important to Party A, but that’s independent of Party B’s interest in receiving that routing announcement or wasting a FIB slot on it.  Thus, the money has been spent, but nothing has been elevated to a higher or better use; it may in fact not be usable at all, outside the context of needs-based allocation of FIB slots.

> Thus reducing the actual importance of these “angels-on-the-heads-of-pins” discussions about utilization periods or parsing the application of free pool allocation language in its application to transfers.

I agree that there’s a lot of cruft that’s built up by people who weren’t intent upon using concise language in policy development, and who failed to remove or update language before slathering more over the top of it.  However, that in no way invalidates the basic requirement for regulation to defend the commons (global routing table size) against the competing interests of individuals (more smaller prefixes routed).

Both are valuable.  They’re naturally opposed interests.  Any useful discussion of either one must be in terms of the trade-off against the other.  You’re discussing only one of the two; only half of an inextricably linked conversation.

                                -Bill




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