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RE: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit

  • From: Rod Beck
  • Date: Mon Feb 18 12:44:04 2008

Title: RE: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit

Hi Brand,

You want some speculators to create liquidity. At the same time you want to avoid the excessive trading that leads to speculative bubbles, whether is the equity bubble of 2000 or the real estate bubble of 2007.

I think the answer is that you need the ability to impose a transaction tax. For example, there is no real estate bubble in France because the one time costs of buying and selling are quite high.

A transaction tax would discourage excessive trading.

Bear in mind that I have devoted zero time to thinking how to construct such a market. :)

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-----Original Message-----
From: Brandon Galbraith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Mon 2/18/2008 5:18 PM
To: Rod Beck
Cc: John Lee; Raymond Macharia; NANOG list
Subject: Re: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit

On Feb 18, 2008 11:05 AM, Rod Beck <[email protected]> wrote:

>  <snip>
Markets have proven to be excellent mechanisms for allocating resources
> fairness is a distinct issue) and might be the medication required given the
> apparent hoarding of IP addresses.
> Nor is the trading of IP addresses inconsistent with ARIN ownership.
> Regards,
> Roderick S. Beck
Markets have a history of efficiently allocating resources, this much is
true. My concern is when IP allocations are based on fiscal merit instead of
technical merit. Also, don't forget speculators within a market. Do you
really want the price of IP blocks bid up by "IP day traders"?