Allocation of IP Addresses

David R. Conrad davidc at
Thu Mar 14 00:38:33 UTC 1996


>Here's an idea. Let new ISP's reserve large blocks (say /16's) in 65/8,
>66/8, .... but don't let them actually use these addresses on the global 
>Internet. Then, the ISP can run a Network Address Translation gateway and

Why not use net 10 and leave the NATs in?

>Of course, there is one little problem with this....
>bash$ whois 65
>Air Force Logistics Command (ASN-LOGNET) LOGNET-AS                         65
>bash$ whois 96
>Army Finance and Accounting Office (ASN-JTELS) JTELS-BEN1-AS               96
>How did these guys get such big chunks of address space reserved?

You're probably gonna regret that one:  you're looking at AS numbers, not
networks.  Now, let see how many people tell you the same thing :-).

>I think that the fundamental problem here is that the Internic is 
>fundamentally clueless about important issues such as global routing 

Bullshit.  The InterNIC is very much aware of global routing issues.

>and *BUSINESS* issues. 

What business issues are you talking about?

>They are behaving a lot like a government bureaucracy 
>or a regulatory agency. 

The registries are simply following the policy as defined by the
Internet community at large.  Read RFC 1466, 1814, and the latest
internet draft on allocation policy.  If the Internet community were
to define new policies, the registries would implement those as well.
Currently, there is a small bit of contradiction in what small ISPs
and end users want and what the larger ISPs (and what is necessary to
keep the Internet from partitioning) want.  But, both sides are more
than happy to scream and whine at the registries for not doing the
"right" thing.

>I don't really see how this can be fixed with the current system of 
>having a US government agency writing a contract with a private US 
>company to provide a fundamental international infrastructure service!

The US government agency could get out of the way, but the squeals of
outrage when InterNIC started charging US $50/year for domain name
registrations leads me to believe it will be a while before any sort of
rational allocation policy can be imposed.


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