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RE: Independent space from ARIN

  • From: Brandon Ross
  • Date: Mon Apr 14 17:32:47 2003

On Mon, 14 Apr 2003, Dave Israel wrote:

> There's a lot more available real estate than available v4 address
> space.  That's the biggest one.

Is there?  How much address space would be available if it were utilized
efficiently by everyone?  Once you put a price tag on it, organizations
become the models of efficiency in utilization.  If you can use NAT, you
will, if you can't, you'll only assign unique addresses to
users/applications that absolutly require it.  If you don't like those
options, maybe you'll move to v6.  I just don't see a problem here.

> Second, groups that make the Internet go aren't necessarily the ones who
> can afford the address space.

If they can't afford the address space, there's a very good chance it's
because they are inefficient and they should be done away with.  Besides,
I just don't see address space being prohibitively expensive on an open
market, as a previous poster pointed out, only a minority of address space
is currently announced in the Internet.  I'd bet at least half of that
isn't used at all, and I'd bet another half of that is unnecessary.

> Third, there's no root owner of the address space, so who is going
> to sell it?

I'll give you that, the initial sale is difficult.  Perhaps the
registries/IANA could use the proceeds to setup an annuity to fund address
title registries/other IETF functions for the future.

> But really, you just need the first one: small space.  The relatively
> small pool means that a large company with lots of money could buy the
> whole ARIN chunk of the Internet.

There are a large number of organizations with more addres space than they
need.  The chances of any one company buying all the address space and
then just sitting on it are nil.  Why would their investors allow them to
sit on a asset and not make any income on it?  They would have to compete
with the likes of GE, ATT, MIT, and Genuity for sales of the address space
they already hold.

Brandon Ross                                                   AIM:  BrandonNR
VP Operations                                                    ICQ:  2269442
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