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[AfriNIC-rpd] Policy Proposal: End user classification for Universities

Jackson Muthili jacksonmuthi at
Sat Jun 30 10:16:14 UTC 2012

On 6/30/12, Andrew Alston <alston.networks at> wrote:
>> The IP assigned to the port is controlled by the institution. The port
>> itself is not. Please explain to me how this differs from any other
>> residential ISP on the planet that assigns a single address to a
>> residential ISP connection which they then use to NAT/Route an internal
>> network topology within the residence.
>> What I have described is the exact connection model in use for dorm rooms,
>> faculty residence facilities, and virtually every other residential
>> internet service everywhere I've been.
>> If you can show me a difference or a reason that we should, then, not
>> reclassify all of those residential ISPs as end-users (which would likely
>> bankrupt the registries and increase EU fees substantially), then I am all
>> ears.
>> Owen
> The port is owned and managed by the university firstly.  Secondly, the
> institution policy prohibits more than one device behind the port, NAT like
> that is not allowed, irrespective of if people break the rules.
> Now, by your logic, anyone who holds a conference and supplies wifi access
> to the attendees is an LIR, and a service provider.  I mean nothing stopping
> me natting behind open wifi.  Mmm do all the end users who run conferences
> have licenses to act as service providers?  Interesting question that....
> Also by your logic, if I run a wifi point at home and someone gains access
> and runs NAT behind it undetected and illegally and provides a load of
> people with access to it, that would make me an LIR...
> Luckily there is this little thing in law called intent.... I can explain
> the concept to you if you wish?

When you commit a felony unintentionally it remains a felony. When you
plead guilty the judge could be lenient and punish you less. When you
plead it was not done on intent the judge may be less lenient for your

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