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Re: Wasted netspace (recovering)

  • From: Iljitsch van Beijnum
  • Date: Mon May 19 16:23:40 2003

On zondag, mei 18, 2003, at 23:28 Europe/Amsterdam, [email protected] wrote:

Discussion on changing policies allowing to recover wasted ip space
should be done on proper ARIN mailing list - [email protected]
Why? It is well above the median off-topicness here.

If you're not subscribed, I can repost your message there, but I can tell
you right now this will not be supported - nobody wants to have to
rejustify a block (even after 5 years) and even worse is that ARIN for
legal and other reasons is not touching old ip space
Real fair to people who really need addresses... Even if the RIRs don't want to flat-out revoke the allocations there is plenty they can do to encourage people to give back their large blocks that are presumably underused. One way would be to not allow ISPs to assign even a single new address to those organizations. Another would be to charge a yearly per-address fee. Make it 6 cents per address: $15 for a /24, $4000 for a /16 and $1,000,000 for a /8. That'll teach them.

On the other hand, why bother when there are still 1.5 billion (40% of the usable IPv4 address space) unallocated by IANA? And the current growth rate seems fairly stable at around 65 million per year being allocated to the RIRs. That should give us plenty of time to adopt IPv6.