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

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Tue Sep 7 07:51:42 EDT 2021

On 7 Sep 2021, at 4:39 AM, arin-ppml <arin-ppml at arin.net<mailto:arin-ppml at arin.net>> wrote:
It is perfectly within ANY RIR’s policy if I distribute addresses to customers that are connected to me only via a GRE tunnel or other VPN. The only infrastructure required to support this would be a cloud-based VM that wouldn’t even need to be on my hardware. With that very thin fig leaf, I’ve met the test of connectivity that is required by some RIRs and I’m technically providing sufficient transit to meet the qualifications for address space.

Correct, but making the representation that you need to have number resources issued to provide VPN services when the actual intent is simply leasing would be a fraudulent representation.  In the ARIN region, I can state that resources known to be issued fraudulently are revoked.  (If the resources were issued and used for providing network services, but then business factors change and they’re no longer used for network services and instead now transferred or leased then that is not fraud - such usage is either specified allowed or not clearly prohibited [respectively] by the community-developed registry policy in this region.)

Whether you want this to be normal or not, the simple reality is that it is. There is a market for IPv4 address leasing and people will do it one way or another. While it can’t be used as justification for acquiring additional addresses (unless you throw a fig leaf on it as described above), that really doesn’t matter since 80% of RIRs are essentially out of IPv4 anyway.

Throwing “a fig leaf” on it in order to obtain number resources may have other repercussions in the ARIN region, as we refer cases of criminal fraud to law enforcement authorities.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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