Independent space from ARIN

Dave Israel davei at
Mon Apr 14 20:47:07 UTC 2003

On 4/14/2003 at 16:33:34 -0400, Brandon Ross said:
> On Mon, 14 Apr 2003, Kris Foster wrote:
> > Was this tongue in cheek?
> Nope.
> > I am not an economist, but this is a sure fire way to destroy the internet
> > as we know it today.
> Why is this so hard to believe?  Real estate is mostly a free market, and
> that seems to perform pretty well for the most part.  How is address space
> that different?  Please explain how you believe this would destroy the
> internet.

There's a lot more available real estate than available v4 address
space.  That's the biggest one.  Second, groups that make the Internet
go aren't necessarily the ones who can afford the address space.
Third, there's no root owner of the address space, so who is going
to sell it?

But really, you just need the first one: small space.  The relatively
small pool means that a large company with lots of money could buy the
whole ARIN chunk of the Internet.  Speculators would probably buy
address space and leave it unused, much like they do for domain names.
Address space would have to be bought and sold on arbitrary borders,
resulting in massive fragmentation of the tables.

On the good side, address-based lawsuits would revitalize our flagging
litigous economy ;-)

And I agree with what others are saying: It would kick IPv6 into high
gear.  I'm not sure that's a good thing, however.


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