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Re: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit
David Conrad wrote:
Things might get different when the end is staring us in the face.
The RIR bureaucracy is a ponderous ship that turns very slowly and has multiple captains who do not necessarily agree on the direction to turn. IPv4 allocation policy revisions aren't going to save us.
RIR's have bylaws about emergency policies, dont they?
Its not about saving, its about prolonging the end and how long that migh be expected to last.
None, but the nice thing about being a registry is that reclaiming things is as simple as allocating it to somebody else. Buyer beware and all that.
And in the absence of any other method of obtaining ipv4, I would expect RIR mebership to push for aggressive reclamation, with policy change to make it worthwhile.
Amazing that so much effort can go into ipv6 but nobody can spare a few hours per product to remove a couple lines of code?
There are too many implementations out there that will never be modified (e.g., Windows 98) on which you can't even configure class E space.
Faced with a choice of ipv6 and no ipv4 or ipv6 and class-e ipv4, which would you choose? Not like windows98 (if there are any still around that mean anything to anybody) has ipv6 either.
Reclamation efforts without policy change isnt profitable and would only become so if miser mode is in effect.
Pass it on to the customer. Reclaim. Scavenge. Engineer more nats and workarounds while accelerating ipv6. Get budget and manpower to actually make changes. Drag the users kicking and screaming, cause thats what it will take.
So far, as far as I can tell, the answer to that question (in most cases) has been putting hands over ears and saying "La la la" loudly. See <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/020608-ipv4-address-depletion.html >.
Things will likely be different in 2010