[arin-ppml] Proposal to ban Leasing of IP Addresses in the ARIN region

Isaiah Olson isaiah at olson-network.com
Wed Sep 22 09:14:16 EDT 2021

Hi Owen,

I do not support what you propose either. I don't disagree with your 
past assertions that "leasing" may be an appropriate term to describe 
the normal practice of LIRs delegating addresses in association with 
connectivity services. Given the fact that we're all using the term 
leasing to refer to slightly different things, let me clarify my earlier 
statements. First, let me give an unambiguous definition from a recent 
ACM paper:

> A leasing contract can restrict address usage andmay include hosting 
> or network connectivity agreements, or both.For hosters, the leased 
> address space is usually still located in theirown AS. In this paper 
> we are considering two types of IP leasingmodels. In the first model 
> an IP broker only leases IP address spaceto a customer, while in the 
> second the IP leasing is bundled withanother service contract, e.g., 
> infrastructure hosting.

I would support a well crafted policy proposal to disallow transactions 
of the type they refer to as the "first model", i.e. leasing addresses 
without any associated connectivity agreement, so long as it achieves 
that goal without affecting the practices described in the second model. 
I don't see surcharging or separate line items for address space in 
association with connectivity services as an issue, or consider it to be 
the same thing as leasing space off-network, which is an unrelated 
business practice. In the absence of a policy proposal that can tackle 
the former model without affecting the normal operation of LIRs, I 
prefer to keep the current policy, which allows the practice of 
off-network leasing, but does not allow leased addresses to be used as 
justification for additional space.


> This may be considered out of scope for policy and/or might require a combination of policy and amendment to the RSA, but here goes:
> 	1.	Policy Proposal Name: Ban IP Number Resource Leasing in the ARIN Region
> 	2.	Proposal Originator
> 		a.	name: Owen DeLong
> 		b.	email:owen at delong.com  <https://lists.arin.net/mailman/listinfo/arin-ppml>
> 		c.	telephone: 408-890-7992
> 		d.	organization: DeLong Consulting
> 	3.	Date:	22 September, 2021
> 	4.	Problem Statement:
> 		There is substantial discussion on PPML in opposition to Mike Burn’s proposal to allow leasing. This proposal is offered as an antonym for the consideration of those opposed to Mike’s proposal.
> 		This proposal would, effectively prevent all LIRs from engaging in leasing transactions or (sur)charging on the basis of the number of IP number resources issued.
> 	5.	Policy statement:
> 					Add to the appropriate places in each of sections 4, 5, and 6 a new section containing the following text:
> No signatory to any ARIN RSA is permitted by policy to engage in a recurring charge for addresses or a differentiated service charge based on the number if addresses issued to a customer. Addresses must be provided strictly as part of a contract for connectivity services and the number of addresses provided shall not, in any way, affect the cost of those connectivity services.
> 		a.	Timetable for implementation: Immediate
> 		b.	Anything else

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