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

Jon Lewis jlewis at lewis.org
Wed Sep 22 13:53:42 EDT 2021

On Wed, 22 Sep 2021, Michael Abejuela wrote:

> This policy proposal is outside the scope of the ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual and similarly, discussions regarding pricing structures that members of the community
> must charge for their services are wholly outside the scope of the PPML. Further discussion of this policy must cease, and it is advisable for participants on PPML to be
> cautious when commenting on any proposals that may be seen as an unreasonable restraint of trade, specifically including restrictions on pricing or pricing models via
> contract, combination, or conspiracy.  ARIN policy does not impose any such restrictions on trade or pricing; and any attempt to propose or discuss such policies are
> prohibited. 
> Please focus all proposals and discussions on policies that meet the Internet number resource policy principles of 1) enabling fair and impartial number resource
> administration, 2) technically sound (providing for uniqueness and usability of number resources), and 3) supported by the community. Discussions about pricing and/or
> pricing models for members of the community are not appropriate for this mailing list and outside the scope of the Policy Development Process (PDP).

The referenced policy proposal may have been rushed and poorly considered, 
but I think the question raised by it is valid.  Does the membership 
consider "leasing of IP addresses" absent provision of some form of 
Internet connectivity, to be a valid behavior for ARIN member LIRs?  i.e. 
Can leased IPs be counted as utilized?

If ARIN staff were previously able to "read between the lines" in the NRPM 
and conclude that ARIN allocated IPs used by an LIR outside the ARIN 
region could not be counted as "utilized" (i.e. a global network operator 
using some of their ARIN allocated IPs in Japan), then I can't see how 
it's either out of scope or a forbidden topic to discus whether or not the 
NRPM should be updated with language to discourage IP leasing. i.e. Leased 
IPs not associated with the provision of Internet connectivity will not be 
considered "utilized".

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