[arin-ppml] DoD to sell 13 x /8 of its IPv4 Blocks over the next 10 years and need for ARIN-2019-19

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Thu Dec 19 07:03:29 EST 2019

I see this as an instant headache for a lot of larger network operators 
who are using portions of this DOD space like RFC1918 addresses.  Once 
these addresses become public, those operators are going to have to 
renumber that space. That is 16.9 million hosts per block used.

Maybe these operators will take the lead of the DOD and move those hosts 
to IPv6 instead, where there is plenty of space.  Since the space is 
already not directly addressable, it would simply be a matter of changing 
the existing NAT to use v6 as its input, or adding a v6 address to their 
proxy servers.

With all this space likely coming to the market soon, now is the time to 
adopt the proposal to require v6 use before allowing anyone to receive 
this v4 space.  While this will help the v4 supply, DOD may find the price 
collapsed at the end of the 10 year period if IPv6 uptake increases due to 
DOD and other use of IPv6 instead of IPv4.

As far as those who suggest the IPv4 space problem is solved, based on use 
rates before runout, this may buy us 2 or 3 years.  However the DOD has 10 
years to sell, and by then, the IPv4 market may already be collapsed to 
near zero levels depending upon the uptake of IPv6, which will be lead by 
DOD purchases of IPv6 only equipment to follow the mandate.

Albert Erdmann
Network Administrator
Paradise On Line Inc.

On Thu, 19 Dec 2019, Fernando Frediani wrote:

> I believe these are relevant news to this list
> https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1790/text#toc-H3733C370A69A4095B62B213B52530170
> "IPv6 strategy made it into NDAA 2020, requiring DOD to sell 13 x /8s
> (1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 10 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall sell all of the IPv4 addresses described in
> subsection (b) at fair market value."
> Finally is happening.
> I imagined that one day they would return something, but decided to sell. However, looking at the good side, this makes all this wasted space to become utilized.
> A few questions that arise are: how will this selling process happen, if directly, through brokers, if there will be any mechanism to distribute this selling among
> each one of all 5 RIRs or if it will be opened in the model "first come, first served"
> And before something says, I don't believe this will make any big difference to IPv6 implementation to advance or delay it significantly.
> Even talking about more than 200 million IPv4 addresses, I don't think this will change much this scenario if they are put directly at end users disposition.
> Finally, an important detail to highlight in the report is: "(D) The plan of the Secretary to transition all Department addresses to IPv6."
> Let's see who will be the big buyers and how will this affect the IPv4 value for the next years.
> Regards
> Fernando Frediani

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