Why do some providers require IPv6 /64 PA space to have public whois?

Constantine A. Murenin mureninc at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 03:30:41 UTC 2012

On 10 December 2012 16:07, Mark Andrews <marka at isc.org> wrote:
> You don't SWIP each residential customer with IPv4.  You often SWIP blocks
> of residential customers down to the pop level.
> You often SWIP each commercial customer with IPv4.
> To require a SWIP entry for each residential customer is bureaucracy
> gone mad.  Additionally there is no technical need for this.  It
> isn't needed for address accountability.  Residential customers
> have historically been treated in bulk.

Yes, agreed; and note that in my specific case, we're not even talking
about the residential customer situation:  we're talking about
individual private servers (with IPv4) requiring basic IPv6
connectivity (in order to be dual stacked, no more).

I'm picky, and will not accept long and unabbreviatable addresses
(especially when I'm already paying for a unique and "short" 32-bit
IPv4 address).  Having my street address, apartment and phone numbers
appearing in a public whois is also hardly a pleasantry.

But for all I care (and I'm not a network engineer), I just need a
single IPv6 address or two; an abbreviatable /124 is all I'd need;
but, then, why not just issue a /48, since that's manageable and
easier anyways?


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