Getting a "portable" /19 or /20

Greg Maxwell gmaxwell at
Tue Apr 10 12:27:54 UTC 2001

On Mon, 9 Apr 2001, Eric A. Hall wrote:

> > Actually, the last I heard is that they will sell down to a /24.
> No. See
> "The minimum block of IP address space assigned by ARIN is a /20."
> Also, they don't have any special-case handling that I am aware of. I
> tried to get a private /24 to use for the topology examples in my books
> and couldn't get one. ARIN outright refused the request even though I
> could prove the need for it, and even though I didn't care about global
> routing or reachability.
> I was also told that any /24 that I might manage to acquire would be
> revoked instead of transferred to me.
> I honestly believe that ARIN is funded by stock ownership in NAT provder
> technologies. They are the primary reason that we have NAT and RFC 1918
> problems on the net everyday.

No, thats really not fair. I'm probably more of a NAT hater then most
people here, but I can't agree with that.

The reason they don't allocate /24's is because without aggregation the
Internet is not scalable. Perhaps they are being too agressive, but the
reasoning is sound.

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