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

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Tue Sep 14 00:31:43 EDT 2021

On 9/13/2021 12:29 PM, William Herrin wrote:
> Only if you're explicitly selling Internet service directly to the
> government. If you're selling a service of which Internet is a
> component or if you're selling service to a government contractor who
> is bundling it with their product, the IPv6 requirement is so much
> vapor.
> I've worked enough Federal contracts since 2008 to know. Not one of
> them, not one, requested IPv6 let alone required it.

As a vendor you are very foolish not to make sure it's included.  All it 
takes is one single manager somewhere in the government who decides
they want IPv6 in whatever you have sold them, and comes to you waving
the law and says "you violated the contract either fix it or pay up"

You don't have to specify things in a contract that are already defined
by the law.  If the law says that owning a machine gun is illegal the
contract doesn't have to say "when you are selling us those guns we need 
for controlling extra sea lions you cannot substitute a machine gun"

Ridiculous example of course but never forget that you are selling to a
POLITICAL entity and the environment can change out from under you in a
twinkling.  Lots of government contractors learned that the hard way
when they made enemies of someone who later suddenly got elected.  You 
leave any loose ends in these deals and they can be used by someone
who doesn't like you to unravel them.


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