Question about 223/8

Jared Mauch jared at
Tue Apr 29 05:30:59 UTC 2003

On Mon, Apr 28, 2003 at 11:31:35PM -0500, Jack Bates wrote:
> I'm confused about the argument I believe that went on not too long ago 
> concerning 223/8. What documentation governs how IANA allocates address 
> space, including special use space?
> The reason I ask is that I was perusing RFC 3330 and noted that it 
> specifically stated that the basis for the reservation of 
> no longer applied and that the block was subject to 
> future allocation to a RIR. Yet there was an argument about it.

	While the issue on the surface appears to be fairly pety, the
223/8 block was assigned to a RIR.  223.255.255/24 is reserved per rfc.
The RIR in question did not want to receive a block of address space
that currently was documented as 'reserved' in 'current' rfc documents.
If the iana worked with ietf/rfc-editor to promptly issue updated
rfc documents i suspect there would have been little/no issue with
the block, but this process did not happen and the RIR in question wished
to return the space until the issue was resolved.

	Seems small, but lets say that you were a RIR and received
10/8, i'm sure you can clearly see what issues may transpire if it's
still documented as non-publically-routable space.

	- Jared

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