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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv4 trading needs global policy, says Mueller - issue for AfriNIC PDP ??

McTim dogwallah at
Mon Apr 16 09:06:26 UTC 2012

Hi douglas,

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 2:40 AM, Douglas Onyango <ondouglas at> wrote:
> Mueller says,
>>The fate of the RIPE-NCC interregional
>>transfer proposal (2012-01), therefore,
>>is very much worth watching. If it fails
>>to get anywhere, it confirms the
>>hypothesis that the RIRs are
>>structurally incapable of adapting to
>>the new world of IPv4 scarcity and IPv6
> I find this wildly inaccurate if not misguided.
> First off, the RIRs have done a very solid job at adapting to v4
> scarcity; the softlanding policy in the AfriNic region and other
> similar policies in other regions corroborate this - so just the
> inability to adopt this particular policy shouldn't be construed to
> mean anything

It does mean something!  It means that Milton's efforts to monetise IP
addresses a la domain names will not succeed. ;-)

the author of this policy proposal is a address broker, it will merely
allow her company (and others) to make money more easily.



> On v6 migration (his words), RIRs have again done a great job. The
> incentives and training that AfriNic has put in place are an indicator
> of this.
> In summary, the result of this policy should be used to highlight the
> independence and diversity in needs of RiRs and not a failure of the
> systems to adapt to this or any other technological innovation
> To answer the question on if we need a tranfer policy, I say no; the
> AfriNic community has resoundingly stated that it wants its resources
> kept within the region - a policy that suggests otherwise is unlikely
> to pass in the region.
> Regards,
> --
> Douglas Onyango | +256(0712)981329 | Twitter: @ondouglas
> Life is the educator's practical joke in which you spend the first half
> learning, and the second half learning that everything you learned in the
> first was a joke.
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