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[AFRINIC-rpd] IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment proposal

Andrew Alston alston.networks at
Thu Jan 24 06:06:12 UTC 2013

Actually Badru,

I have to disagree on this point.  The current levels of operational
problems (and there have been MANY specific examples on this list in the
last 2 weeks, that I'm not going to rehash again) are of huge concern.  It
is pointless introducing more complexity and more overhead until these are
resolved.  If things were running smoothly and you introduce some more
complexity, you can figure out how to deal with it.  If things are in a
mess, and you introduce more complexity, you compound the problem of solving
the route cause.

EVERY policy should be analyzed against its potential impact on operations
and how it is going to affect service to us, the members, who rely on prompt
swift service.  An analysis of this type can only happen in the context of
what we know about CURRENT operations, else you have no starting point.  


-----Original Message-----
From: rpd-bounces at [mailto:rpd-bounces at] On Behalf Of
Badru Ntege
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:13 AM
To: JP Viljoen
Cc: sm+afrinic at; policy-submission at; rpd at
Subject: Re: [AFRINIC-rpd] IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment proposal


On Jan 23, 2013, at 1:27 AM, JP Viljoen <froztbyte at> wrote:

> It is already widely known that dealing with AfriNIC is an arduous and
length process, due to various (seemingly senseless) hoops one has to jump
through just for the purpose of getting your network onto the internet. The
reasons for this, as best as people can make out from the outside, are also
reasonably well known: AfriNIC is already overloaded. This proposal would
add *even more* burden to that workload, and merely on those grounds can be
considered imbecillic.

Though we are all open to our opinions i think your point above is baseless.
AfriNIC exists to serve the community and if there has been operation issues
in the past (which you need to be very specific) it should not prevent the
community from proposing a policy that they feel will serve there needs.
Unless you are saying that AfriNIC does not and will never have the capacity
to meet community needs.  Thats another discussion you need to start and be
very specific.

Lets please stick to the particulars of the policy discussion in question.

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