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[AfriNIC-rpd] Updated Version of the "IPv4 Soft Landing Policy"now Available Online

Owen DeLong owen at
Thu Feb 24 15:50:12 UTC 2011

On Feb 24, 2011, at 2:36 AM, Leo Vegoda wrote:

> On 24 Feb 2011, at 2:10, Owen DeLong wrote:
> [...]
>> I would say the danger is no more hypothetical in my case than in yours.
>> I believe that with this clause, legitimate large foreign providers will
>> consider AfriNIC space off limits. Without the clause, they will consider that they
>> have permission from AfriNIC to plunder the resources as expressed in the
>> policies.
> but on 15 February in Message-Id: <1C7F89CE-26EC-45B1-B95C-C36A34DEBEAC at> you wrote:
>> 3.	I believe the claims that AfriNIC space will be used by foreign entities whether AfriNIC
>> 	makes it available or not are essentially specious and mostly FUD[1].
> I am a bit jetlagged and so may have misunderstood but these statements do not appear consistent to me.
In what way do they appear inconsistent?

Both say that I believe if AfriNIC has a clause stating that AfriNIC resources should be used primarily in
the AfriNIC region, legitimate providers will abide by that. If AfriNIC does not have such a clause, they
will consider that permission from AfriNIC to make use of those resources elsewhere.

> Either statement could be right; I really don't have much insight into the minds of the people who have been slow to prepare their networks for IPv6. 
> Can you please explain which foreign ISPs are planning to raid AfriNIC? Can you also explain how an export ban policy will be effective at stopping this, despite being at least "difficult" to detect and enforce?
I honestly don't know. I simply believe it is far more likely to happen if policy permits it than if we
put in place policy which prohibits it.


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