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[AFRINIC-rpd] Commencement of the last call

Owen DeLong owen at
Fri Jun 28 00:39:05 UTC 2013

On Jun 26, 2013, at 12:31 AM, Badru Ntege <ntegeb at> wrote:

> Andrew
> On Jun 25, 2013, at 11:12 PM, Andrew Alston <alston.networks at> wrote:
>> I 100% agree with you Owen, and as one of the authors I have attempted to adhere to this.
>> The financial issues have been asked and answered, the inequality in current space distribution on the continent between the Southern region and the rest of the continent has been addressed and the issue of utilising the space by keeping it on the continent has also been addressed.  
> This policy does not require an institution to prove that it has infrastructure for the capacity is requesting.  All it requires is that you have students and asks us to assume that each student will have a laptop, pda, iPad, and i-anything that will need connectivity.    There is nothing stoping this institution now using the resources to set up a local for profit ISP, or even passing these resources to a third party that will take them off the continent.   Lets stop using this tactic to scare people into supporting the proposal.  

There is, actually. If you read the policy proposal, you will note that in order to receive the space as an end-user under this policy, the institution is required to submit attested proof that they will use the addresses in their own institution and not as an ISP for third parties. Further, to the best of my knowledge, passing the resources to a third party is prohibited by AfriNIC policy in general regardless of whether this proposal is adopted or not.

I remain neutral on the proposal overall, but I question the validity of the argument you are making and suggest that it has a greater resemblance to a "scare tactic".

> if i wanted to take resources off the continent all i need to do now is to invest in a poor african HEI get the resources and then use them in my business abroad.  The policy opens the door we are claiming to close.

I don't see how such a use would not result in the revocation of the resources as a fraudulent request under current policies and the existing RSA, so could you please explain why you believe that such a tactic would actually be effective?

Do you really believe that African Educational Institutions are so unethical and AfriNIC staff so ineffective?


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