Internic address allocation policy

Michael S. Ramsey msr at
Sun Mar 19 02:36:59 UTC 1995

On Sat, 18 Mar 1995, ATM_Feel_the_Power wrote:

> It would be a good idea to recover the ip address numbers that have never 
> been used. I would also suggest that within 90 days of issuance the 
> numbers must be in service or they are recalled.

I agree that unused address _blocks_ be recovered. 

However your 90 day "use-it-or-lose-it" is a bit rash. From a
fellow-provider standpoint, I want to be able to get a nice-sized block of
"class-c" addresses that I can aggregate into _1_ routing statement. To do
that, I have to have the freedom to project client usage for a year and
request a year's supply.  Your suggestion would have me applying to the
NIC on a "just-in-time" basis, and creating at least one more routing
entry for each new client. Backbone routers are melting down already
because of too many entries. And it is not like the NIC has the time to 
take on the more frequent requests for addresses and keep track of who's 
time is up that your plan would impose (or if they do, I want to know 
where a couple of domain registrations are :) ).

My vote would be for the six-twelve month timeframe for useage.

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