Lightly used IP addresses

William Herrin bill at
Sun Aug 15 16:20:26 UTC 2010

On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:
> ARIN fees and budget are a member concern, not a public concern.

Oh really? The money ARIN spends managing the public's IP addresses
(and how it collects that money and the privileges conferred on the
folks from whom it's collected) are not a matter of public concern?

I seem to recall that attitude was how ICANN first started to get in to trouble.

>> Unfortunately, the LRSA contains another price which I personally
>> consider too high: voluntary termination revokes the IP addresses
>> instead of restoring the pre-contract status quo. Without that
>> balancing check to the contract, I think a steady creep in what ARIN
>> requires of the signatory is inevitable... and the affirmative actions
>> ARIN can require the registrant to perform in order to maintain the
>> contract are nearly unlimited.
> I believe the LRSA limits them primarily to the annual fee payment.

Do you now. Unfortunately, the plain language of the LRSA does not
respect your belief.

ARIN makes only two promises about the application of existing and new
ARIN policies to LRSA signatories: "ARIN will take no action to reduce
the services provided for Included Number Resources _that are not
currently being utilized_ by the Legacy Applicant." (10.b) and "fee
shall be $100 per year until the year 2013; no increase per year
greater than $25." (6.b)

Except for those exclusions, the LRSA includes "the Policies which are
hereby incorporated by reference" (15.d). Those policies are "binding
upon Legacy Applicant immediately after they are posted on the
Website" (7).

In other words, if the ARIN board adopts a policy that legacy
registrants must install some of their addresses on a router on the
moon (or perhaps some requirement that's a little less extreme) then
failing to is cause for terminating the contract (14.b). Which revokes
the IP addresses (14.e.i).

Bill Herrin

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