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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 Soft Landing

SM sm at
Thu May 21 15:13:53 UTC 2009

At 00:55 21-05-2009, Mark Elkins wrote:
>The proposed policy states it only comes into effect for the last /8.
>This does not stop a Non-African company abusing the current address


>pool. Can this policy be extended to also state that as from now
>(whenever that is), the current policy (afpol-v4200407-000) is
>effectively amended to stop this.

For a policy against IPv4 poaching to be more effective, it should be 
applied to the remaining IPv4 address pool as well.  If there is 
support for the above, there could be two proposals.  The first one 
is to amend the existing proposal and the second one is a separate 
proposal in case there is not enough support for the other conditions 
in the first one.

At 04:04 21-05-2009, Douglas Onyango wrote:
>I agree with you on the point of stopping allocations from going 
>outside the AfriNIC region; However, the issue of making it part of 
>the softlanding policy may cause abit of confusion as the end users 
>can claim ignorance of it existing, this will compel us to add a 
>reference to it in the current allocation 
> why not just have it there?

Because if the proposal does not gain consensus, you'll end up 
without any new (IPv4) policy until it is too late.

There was a comment during the meeting comparing IP addressing to 
telecoms numbering.  Changes in the dial plan for a telephone number 
does not require changes to existing telephones.  If you switch to 
IPv6, you'll need translators if the end-user equipment is not IPv6 ready.


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