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

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Thu Mar 24 14:28:36 CDT 2011


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

Owen





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