Nortel, in bankruptcy, sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million

Owen DeLong owen at
Thu Mar 24 19:28:36 UTC 2011

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On Mar 24, 2011, at 8:43 AM, Valdis.Kletnieks at wrote:

> On Thu, 24 Mar 2011 09:27:58 CDT, Aaron Wendel said:
>> That's a good question.  Maybe they can't qualify under Arin rules.  Another 
>> question will be: how is Arin going to handle it?
>> Im pretty sure that the RSA says that in the event of bankruptcy ips revert  
>> to the Arin pool.  I understand that these were legacy addresses but.......
> The *important* question is - do they *remain* legacy addresses under the
> legacy address rules after the Microsoft acquisition, and thus re-sellable at a
> later date?  If so, we may have seen the first case of IP address speculation,
> and the start of the bubble.  I don't want to see how this bubble bursts..
In order for the transfer to be recognized by ARIN, they would not be able to remain legacy addresses. However, nothing in ARIN policy precludes resale of transferred addresses at a later date. What it does preclude, however, is acquiring the addresses without justified need.


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