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

Jimmy Hess mysidia at
Thu Mar 24 22:15:07 CDT 2011

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 10:07 PM, Matthew Kaufman <matthew at> wrote:
> On 3/24/2011 7:59 PM, Jimmy Hess wrote:
>> Because that's what IP addresses are.  Totally worthless unless community
>> participants voluntarily route traffic for those IPs to the assignee.

> Would de-peer with Microsoft (or turn down a transit contract from them)
> just because they wanted to announce some Nortel address space?

Microsoft would likely be able to find someone who would not turn them
down for transit.

> Would ARIN really erase the Nortel entry and move these addresses to the
> free pool if Microsoft doesn't play along with one of the transfer policies?

Unknown.    I would expect ARIN to erase entries, if the situation exists
where RIR policy requires that,  or to refrain from effecting the
transfer in the DB,  unless that transfer requested is valid under policy and
and the request is made correctly with all normal requirements met.

> Would you announce addresses someone had just obtained from ARIN that were
> already being announced by Microsoft?

Most certainly, some networks would,  if assigned space in that block,
probably without noticing Microsoft's announcement.


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