My thoughts on ARIN web hosting policy

Christopher D. Shelton cshelton at
Mon Jan 8 12:34:22 EST 2001

Does anyone know if there is an efficient way for us to determine who is
currently using the various IP blocks - on a macro analysis scale?  I know I
have personally be in large companies that have several Class "C" blocks
that they are not using because they proxy everything.  They just happened
to be assigned to them back in the day when people thought you needed 400
public IP's for 400 in-house computers.

Christopher D. Shelton
Founder and CEO, Inc.
Baltimore, Maryland

I agree with you completely on how it would impact mostly new/small
business. It actually was that way for us until ARIN
suspended the policy.


On Mon, 8 Jan 2001 10:56:13 -0600, John McNamee wrote:

>My first concern is that a significant policy change is being considered
>without any formal study showing that IP-per-domain web hosting is actually
>a major cause of IP address depletion.  I'm not saying it isn't -- I'm
>that I don't know, and nobody has done a scientific study of the issue.
>Can't ARIN find some university to do the research and write a report?
>Assuming the hard data emerges and IP-per-domain hosting is found
>to be a threat to the address pool, it becomes a problem that the entire
>industry must face together.  Any pain must be shared equally.  The
>proposed ARIN policy could have a disparate impact on newer/smaller
>hosting companies.  Large established companies with lots of existing
>IP allocations could continue to offer IP-based hosting to some/all of
>their customer base, while new entrants could not.  Regardless of
>whether this rises to the level of a legal anti-trust problem (IANAL),
>it bothers me on a fairness basis.  I believe strongly in free markets,
>but the market isn't free if different rules apply to established players
>versus new competitiors.
>John McNamee
>Director of Operations
>ASP-One Inc.

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