mharrigan at mharrigan at
Thu Jan 4 11:23:03 EST 2001

$.02 - 
If there were a shortage of rice in China, I'm not sure
that charging more for it would solve the fact that there
isn't enough, regardless of what the RFC for rice is.


Matthew G. Harrigan
Vice President, Internet Services

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Elliott [mailto:stephen at]
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 7:00 AM
To: Virtual IP List
Subject: Idea

	Everyone knows that there is an IP shortage under IPv4.  I was not
involved with previous discussions, I have however been running websites
for years and thought I would pitch out an idea for everyone to
discuss.  Under RFC 2050, which is the holy grail for ARIN, 25% of IP's
must be justified at the time of request with documented plans for 50%
utilization within 12 months.  IP based virtual hosting is used for many
reasons, and I do not believe that there is any good way to write a all
inclusive list of reasons that are good enough to overcome the 1 IP per
machine rule.  The best way that I see for fairly allowing people an
companies to get the addresses that they need is to charge for anything
above and beyond that.  I would throw out a number of $10-$15US per year
for small blocks.  This should be charged by ARIN through the
organization that is responsible for each net block.  One modification
of this could be a reverse scale upon which to charge, so that the more
an organization used IP based virtual hosting, the more they had to pay
per IP.
	I realize that there is going to be no easy solution to this, but a
fair and equitable way to distribute IP's to individuals and companies
that need them is imperitive to the stability of the Internet and it's
continued growth.

Stephen Elliott                 Harrison & Troxell
Systems & Networking Manager    2 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Systems & Networking Group      Boston, Ma 02109
(617)227-0494 Phone             (617)720-3918 Fax
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