Internic address allocation policy (fwd)

Jim Fleming JimFleming at
Tue Nov 19 22:03:05 UTC 1996

On Tuesday, November 19, 1996 7:54 AM, Brian Tackett[SMTP:cym at] wrote:
@ So, my question is: What can we do to make it better? Not "What can Kim
@ Hubbard do to fix it", and not "What can those stupid ISP's do to fix it",
@ but what can both do collaboratively to work out a consistent method of
@ doing things, and making sure that it's well known to both new existing
@ providers of network solutions.

I would suggest the following for starters...

	1. ALL* proposed IP allocations (and transfers) should be published
		in a well-known public place and some public comment
		period should be set before the allocations are made.

	2. More NICs should be created. The original NSF contracts called
		for General Atomics to be the NIC of NICs. This concept
		has been lost and most of the power is in the hands of
		a too few people.

	3. ALL of the NICs should vote on whether the allocations should
		be made. The result of these votes should be recorded
		with the public information above. As the number of NICs
		is increased, via #2, then more voices will be heard.

	4. Some sort of Board or approval body, drawn from Industry
		groups should be developed as an appeals body
		should the vote in #3 not go the way someone or some
		company prefers. This would be a last resort sort of step.

	5. All meetings** between the NICs should be publicized and
		anyone should be allowed to attend. The meeting
		agenda should be readily available as well as the
		meeting notes.

	6. A complete and detailed accounting with allocation
		percentages should be posted on a well-known
		public web site. This will allow everyone to see
		precisely where allocations stand in the IPv4
		address space and what a small percentage of
		the space has been allocated to ISPs, while huge
		blocks are "reserved" for unknown purposes.

	7. A complete review of /8 allocations should be done
		with a complete audit of how the companies
		that have those allocations are utilizing those
		blocks (as well as other blocks). The CEOs and
		shareholders of	those companies should be
		informed that their past policies may not conform
		to modern standards of frugal allocations.

	8. More emphasis should be placed on IP Address Ecology
		and people should be rewarded and/or awarded
		for their actions via public forums and peer support.

* ALL means ALL - Even the private, behind the scenes, allocations
made by the IANA, such as the @Home allocation which was not
made based on SWIP information. How could it be? They did not even
have customers, just a lot of venture capital and the "right" people
on their staff.

** The people involved in the following meeting could start by
documenting it.


IP Support

     Kim Hubbard met with Jon Postel (IANA), David Conrad (APNIC) and
     Daniel Karrenberg (RIPE) in California to discuss IP issues.


Jim Fleming
UNETY Systems, Inc.
Naperville, IL

JimFleming at
JimFleming at (EDNS/IPv8)

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