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Re: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit

  • From: Eliot Lear
  • Date: Tue Feb 19 02:43:11 2008
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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?

This is a strong argument for regulation of the market. A regulated market could provide liquidity needed by those who would otherwise find <unregulated> means to accomplish their ends (such as making private deals that are perhaps undetectable). It provides an incentive for people to do the right thing, assuming the cost of doing so is not prohibitive (a big assumption if ever there was one).