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Re: IPV4 as a Commodity for Profit
- From: Eric Brunner-Williams
- Date: Tue Feb 19 22:04:31 2008
David Conrad wrote:
Agree with David.
On Feb 19, 2008, at 11:40 AM, John Curran wrote:
I imagine that there are many potential outcomes. For example,
in a world where ICANN/IANA (who seems to very much want to
be in charge of all this)
This is almost amusing given the _mutually_ agreed role for ICANN/IANA
in address allocation, but I guess we all need our bogeymen.
actually did IP block revocation of unused
blocks per RFC2050, we'd likely not be having any discussion of a
relaxed transfer policy, as a result of the complete lack of need.
To my knowledge, ICANN has neither the ability (given the mutual
agreements between ICANN and the RIRs) nor the desire to intrude upon
the RIR's bailiwick in this way. I find it somewhat surprising that
after 10 or so years of trying to ensure ICANN didn't get into the
RIRs business that you're suggesting they do so now (I seem to
remember someone telling me "IANA should be a black box where the RIRs
crank the handle and /8s pop out, nothing more").
However, this misses the point.
The people who control the Internet address space are not the RIRs or
ICANN. Control is vested in the ISPs who decide what is routed or not
routed. In effect, the ISPs have agreed to use the RIRs as a neutral
meeting point to avoid negotiating a myriad agreements on who has the
right to announce what. This only works as long as it is in the best
interests of most (in particular, the big parties) to play along. As
soon as policies begin to impact those best interests negatively, the
policies will either be modified or ignored. If they are ignored, the
vacuum will be filled by someone (whether a private entity or
governments/ITU isn't clear at this point).
A market already exists. Whether it is done by buying/selling a
company for its IP address assets or just simply buying the address
space outright and paying an ISP to not look at a RIR whois server
isn't particularly relevant. As the IPv4 free pool exhausts, that
market is going to get much bigger, much faster. It would be nice if
this market were somehow self-regulated by the industry players
involved since failing that implies something I suspect none of us
want. However, the current path appears to be to not do anything until
it is too late.
Perhaps we could agree that not doing something until it is too late
would be bad?
Would the ISP community support adherence to RFC 2050 and
route accordingly? It certainly has to date, and nearly every RIR
policy has been build accordingly.
And IPv4 address space has been essentially free to date. That _is_
changing as you well know.
It might result in some legal
work, but that's a small price to pay to further operational stability
of the Internet.
As far as I can tell, the best way to ensure instability is for ISPs
and other address consuming organizations to continue ignoring the
issue. Promoting the idea that 2050 is somehow still applicable to
the post IPv4 free pool world would seem to support that action. Not
sure how that helps.
p.s. ICANN seems to have no problem with asserting the
informal DNS agreements from the same time period
(with entire teams of lawyers) so maybe we just need
to wait until they're free to pay attention to IP resources?
I'm afraid you're confused. The informal agreements I presume you're
referring to are national sovereignty issues and ICANN has essentially
no role (and certainly no role for ICANN's lawyers). FWIW, ICANN's
lawyers are largely consumed in dealing with new, formal, contractual
agreements. However, continue to make spurious accusations, it
undoubtedly makes the various parties feel better.
If it isn't the structural change proposal (scrap the original
constituencies for contractual and non-contractual, with subdivisions
within contractual for type of contract, and within non-contractual for
type of non-contractual), then no one who cares about the balance of
power within the GNSO will give it a moment's thought. If it isn't IDN
(more personal caveats than most), then no one who cares about ICANN's
next couple of years will give it a moment's thought.
So, no. As fun as the v4 pool looks to be, the g-side, the cc-side, and
the more-bits-than-7-side have wicked bigger fish to fry.