Why does Sprint have address filters again?

Michael Dillon michael at memra.com
Sat May 30 04:02:15 UTC 1998

On Fri, 29 May 1998, Karl Denninger wrote:

> Now, let's look at the parallels:
> 1.	Both are required to "do business" in a given sector (ie: announce
> 	routes, sell to the Erate customer base)
> 2.	Both are simple *technical* providers (assignment of a number, with
> 	the important being that it is unique in both cases).
> 3.	One is free to the ISP.
> 4.	The other costs $500.00

5. One is financed by the government out of your taxes and is merely an
accounting formality much like a customer ID number. The other is funded
by a corporation that has no government funding and must support itself
not unlike most businesses and the number is a critical infrastructure
identifier something like an NPA-NXX.

> What is going on here?  ASNs didn't used to cost money until ARIN got its
> claws into them.

ASNs have always cost money to issue. It's just that in the past it was
funded out of taxes funnelled through the NSF to a subcontractor and
hidden somewhere in NSI's budget. Those days are gone, thank God.

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