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Re: ARIN Policy on IP-based Web Hosting (fwd)
On Fri, 1 Sep 2000 [email protected] wrote: > This makes the assumption that it is in the best interests of the internet > for only profitable or business organizations to control the address space, > and that the almighty (insert your favorite currency) is directly tied > to the common good. That is the assumption. While certainly not perfect, it's a much better assumption than [insert your favorite government or government like institution here] knows what's good for you or your organization better than you do. > This assumption is false. Capitalism suffers from a similar derivation of > the root problem of socialism. In socialism, there is little or no > incentive to achieve, thus productivity suffers. In capitalism, there > is lots of incentive, but nothing ties that incentive to the common > good or a long-term perspective. Thus, you end up with things like > the polution in TX, supposed environmental groups killing fish to > keep them on the endangered list, etc. I currently provide free services > to a number of non-profit organizations. I would not be able to afford > to do that if my address space were commodotized. So you are saying that I and thousands of other organizations around the world should be forced to provide you resources whether or not they agree with your opinions, goals, or mission? If your for-free services are so compelling, surely you wouldn't have any problem getting contributions without resorting to governmental style force. > The Internet is not a business. The Internet is a tool used by and provided > by several businesses and other non-business organizations. Wrong. There is no "Internet". There are only hundreds of organizations connected together under various arrangements to create a large interconnected infrastructure. A vast majority of those organizations are for-profit businesses. > Many other resources are not simply traded on the open market either. > In fact, government rationing of scarce resources is hardly a new thing. So since it has been proven not to work, we should continue to do it because we fear change? Brandon Ross 404-522-5400 EVP Engineering, NetRail http://www.netrail.net AIM: BrandonNR ICQ: 2269442 Read RFC 2644!