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Re: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Mon Feb 18 18:23:56 2008

On Mon, 18 Feb 2008 12:18:10 -0800
David Conrad <[email protected]> wrote:

> Michael,
> On Feb 18, 2008, at 10:15 AM, <[email protected]>
> <[email protected] 
>  > wrote:
> > We cannot possibly hope to create
> > a market within the next two years which is beneficial to
> > the Internet network operations industry.
> A market will exist whether or not "we" want to create it and it  
> doesn't matter how long lived it is.  Without some form of
> regulation (a bit hard since it would need to be applied globally),
> it is almost certain it will be extremely painful and folks who
> "shouldn't" make lots of money will.  So it goes.

Yah.  A market exists today, though it's perforce sub rosa.

An interesting operational question is how to prevent deaggregation as
a result of a market.  If, say, a company isn't using half of its
address space, could it sell that half, to several other parties?  Can
that be prevented by market means?

See for a paper
I and some others wrote some years ago on these topics.

		--Steve Bellovin,