[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2017-9: Clarification of Initial Block Size for IPv4 ISP Transfers

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Wed Jan 24 13:14:01 EST 2018

On 24 Jan 2018, at 5:17 AM, Jason Schiller <jschiller at google.com> wrote:
> ...
> Essentially changing this to a /21 allows roughly 80% of ARIN members
> to be able to get all the IPv4 address space they could even need with 
> no justification if they are willing to call themselves an ISP, and pay the 
> appropriate fees.
> I oppose a non-needs based (or simply put a money based) justification
> system on the grounds that does not provide IP addresses to those who need
> them, but rather to those who are more willing to spend, favoring services that
> generate the most revenue per IP. 

Jason - 

The ability to obtain IPv4 address space from the transfer market will always be inherently biased towards those willing to pay more – i.e. the condition you object to exists and will remain regardless of the initial block size.

To the extent that the initial block size is limited, it is also likely that smaller entities will be prevented from obtaining an initial block sufficient to carry them through to the industry IPv6 transition, and instead require they risk unknown market conditions several years out to receive one or more additional blocks.   It might be helpful to hear from some smaller entities about how they feel about this particular tradeoff, as each organization has its own perspective on future risk tolerance; i.e. it could be material or a non-issue, and hence important to hear from the community on this aspect. 


John Curran
President and CEO

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