[arin-ppml] Change of Use and ARIN (was: Re: AFRINIC And The Stability Of The Internet Number Registry System)

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Sat Sep 4 15:13:10 EDT 2021

On Thu, Sep 2, 2021 at 9:03 PM <scott at solarnetone.org> wrote:
> Agreed.  The middleman with no infrastructure business model is by
> it's very nature parasitic.

Hi Scott,

One critically important part of setting a regulation is
enforceability. If it's impractical to enforce a rule you're better
off not having it. Instead, rework the rule to the closest thing you
can enforce without creating an arbitrary and unfair rule. And if
there isn't a sensible rule to be written, then don't.

A prohibition on leasing addresses is not enforceable. The LIR can
simply provide a low-data rate transit service along with the
addresses, fully understanding that it won't be used because the
customer has acquired other transit. The expense to the LIR is as
close to zero as makes no difference.

Try to restrict that to "primary" network service and you end up with
a nasty mess where ordinary users aren't free to use second and third
ISPs for fear of fouling the address contract. It just doesn't work

Yes, this means that when you write the rule you have to think like
the people who intend to break it and figure out how they're going to
get around it.

Bill Herrin

William Herrin
bill at herrin.us

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