Lightly used IP addresses

John Curran jcurran at
Sat Aug 14 04:37:27 UTC 2010

On Aug 14, 2010, at 12:12 AM, Jeffrey Lyon wrote:

> ARIN needs to investigate these companies and start reclaiming space.
> Pose as a customer, see if they'll sell you a /24 or shorter on a
> dedicated server for some arbitrary reason, and if so they're busted.
> From there launch a full investigation and start reclaiming space.

Jeff - 

  Yes and No.

  Yes, we'd like to know if you believe that an organization is
  forging their address space justification.  We always do some 
  cross-checking and verification but it is not foolproof.  

  No, we will not pose as a customer, although we will verify some
  customer assignments and speak with them.  If we find evidence 
  of fraud in company's request to ARIN, we will perform resource
  review and have them return space to match what they should have
  received (as described in <>
  NRPM section 12).  We will also make certain that future requests
  are very closely reviewed.  Recognize that these creative hosting
  firms are also businesses with customers, and reclaiming IP space
  out from under them to impact customers isn't the intent of policy.
  We do occasionally have egregious acts (e.g. where the "ISP" turns 
  out to be simply a purveyor of IP addresses to online marketing
  firms), and circumstances such as those are where reclamation is

Does that clarify things?

John Curran
President and CEO

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