Operational Issues with

Richard A Steenbergen ras at e-gerbil.net
Fri Dec 6 21:52:38 UTC 2002

On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 04:30:28PM -0500, Ralph Doncaster wrote:
> People depend on ARIN's IP assignments being widely routable.  When 2
> different ARIN clients pay the same amount of money for leasing an IP
> block, the "goods" they receive should be of the same quality.

You are under the delusion tht ARIN is selling goods. If they were, we'd
all have something to complain about. ARIN is selling you 5 bytes, a
couple records for contact info, a whois server, a template processing
system which takes 3 days to work, and meetings in tropical locations (for
$2500+, sounds fair right? :P).

Under this logic you would like them to sell you low ASNs because high 
ones don't get much respect and are therefore defective? How about 
refusing to take because it got spoofed and/or packeted a lot?

ARIN should make a good faith effort to hand out registrations which are 
going to be usable, but it is not their job to make sure noone else on the 
internet dislikes your IP. Besides, the policies usually follow ARIN, not 
the other way around. People design prefix length filters around the RIR 
allocation sizes, not arbitrary numbers the expect the RIR's to follow. 
People unfilter prefixes when they start getting allocated, not because 
they feel like they should so ARIN can allocate from it.

Richard A Steenbergen <ras at e-gerbil.net>       http://www.e-gerbil.net/ras
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