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[AFRINIC-rpd] New Policy Proposal: Inter RIR IPv4 Address Transfers (AFPUB-2013-V4-001-DRAFT-01)

McTim dogwallah at
Sat Jan 12 05:01:44 UTC 2013

Hi David,

On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM, David Conrad <drc at> wrote:
> Hi Nii,
> On Jan 11, 2013, at 11:51 AM, Nii Narku Quaynor <quaynor at> wrote:
>>> AfriNIC is steward of a resource that appears to have exponentiating value over time, at least for the near- to mid-term. I think it is unfortunate that it seems impossible to leverage this situation in order to drive advancement of consensus policy goals.
>> I like more information on which policy goals being advanced
> For example, policies to increase Internet deployment in the African region, promote migration to IPv6, advance efforts to educate regional government regulators/policymakers/etc. on Internet technologies and implications, etc.
> My impression is that there is consensus within the African region (and elsewhere) that these are all useful policy goals to pursue.

They are useful goals indeed.

Allowing LIRs to flog address space may not be the route to achieving
them however.

If we as a community want to transfer address space to further
community goals, then perhaps we should transfer from the RIR in order
to fund these activities.  However that is not the proposal in front
of us.  The current proposal was made by an address broker seemingly
as a way for his company to make revenue.  I don't think that is in
our interests.

I understand AA point about running out at the same time, I just don't
think we can get there at this point.

I'm not sure we are hoarding now, rather, I see it as responsible stewardship.


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route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

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