ARIN IP6 policy for those with legacy IP4 Space
jcurran at istaff.org
Fri Apr 9 07:34:36 CDT 2010
On Apr 8, 2010, at 2:51 PM, Kevin Stange wrote:
> On 04/08/2010 01:47 PM, Dorn Hetzel wrote:
>> If there was an automatic website that just handed out up to a /40 on
>> demand, and charged a one-time fee of $100, I don't think the space
>> would ever be exhausted, there isn't enough money.
> I'd hate to see that routing table.
Another bright gentleman many years ago suggested that we have an online
website which allows anyone to pay a fee and get an address block. This
is not inconceivable, but does completely set aside hierarchical routing
which is currently an underlying mechanism for making our addressing
Another way to accomplish this would be a functional global model for the
settlement of costs relating to routing entries, and which would effectively
be against routing entries caused by unique "provider-independent" prefixes.
ISPs today don't get specifically compensated for routing a PI address block,
but they do get to participate in the various RIR processes and have some say
in the impacts of public policies as they are discussed. Historically, this
has proved to be sufficient input that ISPs generally respect the tradeoffs
inherent in the approved policy, and will route the result.
If you have an economic mechanism which handles this function instead, and
an abundance of resources (e.g. IPv6), then it might be possible to operate
under very different assumptions than the present Internet registry system,
and the resulting costs of operating the registry portion could be minimal.
The implementation of this is left as an exercise for the reader...
p.s. These are my personal thoughts only and in no way reflect any position
of ARIN or the ARIN Board of Trustees. I provide them solely to help
outline some of the tradeoffs inherent in the current Registry system.
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