[arin-ppml] Revised and Retitled - Draft Policy ARIN-2021-6: Permit IPv4 Leased Addresses for Purposes of Determining Utilization for Future Allocations

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Fri Mar 11 12:27:38 EST 2022

On Fri, Mar 11, 2022 at 6:25 AM Mike Burns <mike at iptrading.com> wrote:
> Are you against all renting of IPv4 addresses, and if so, why?
> Or are you against only non-incumbent owners renting space?

Hi Mike,

I would suggest that if you really want to lease addresses without
infrastructure there are lawful and compliant ways to do so without
change to ARIN policy. For example:

The broker and user of the addresses might form a legal partnership.
The address user would have the right to terminate its participation
in the partnership comparable to a lessor's terms for ending a lease.
The broker would have the right, upon termination of the partnership,
to resell the numbers compliant with ARIN rules and would retain the
proceeds of such sale.
Finally the partnership, including both the practicing user and the
purchasing broker, would request addresses through ARIN and, upon
approval, purchase them on the open market. Because the partnership
is, in fact, deploying a network which uses the addresses, such a use
is compliant with ARIN policy.

While more complicated than a simple lease agreement, such a process
would assure compliance with the community's then-extant number
policies. In particular, the actual user of the addresses would be
evaluated by ARIN and would have to qualify.

Even were I to find such "leasing" objectionable, I would have no
cause for objection under current ARIN policy.

I note that once the initial template development is complete,
instancing such legal partnerships is of trivial cost.

Bill Herrin

William Herrin
bill at herrin.us

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