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[AFRINIC-rpd] Last call - Academic IPv4 Allocation- AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-03 -

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Jul 9 01:29:33 UTC 2013

On Jul 8, 2013, at 1:45 PM, Dr Paulos Nyirenda <paulos at> wrote:

> Academic IPv4 Allocation- AFPUB-2013-GEN-001-DRAFT-03 
> A lot has been said already on this, I just want to add my voice that I am unable to
> support this policy draft as it stands right now. I would also like to note that those
> who are neutral on this are basically saying that there is no need to change policy as
> of now with this draft.

As one who is neutral, I will clarify that your statement here is not an accurate reflection
of my viewpoint. There are many possible reasons someone may choose a neutral
position on a policy without necessarily reflecting their belief as to whether policy
needs to be changed or not.

> I like to proposal because I am an academic, a hat that says I teach in at university
> level. As an academic I tend to like aspects  of the policy that aim to improve the
> situation for academic institutions. But I do not see why this should be restricted to
> only HEI, whatever that is, it should go to other levels as well.

Agreed. I have stated as much several times in this thread.

> Basing IP address allocation on things like number of students and staffs basically says
> that we would be basing this on the budget of the HEI and not on need for the IP
> resources. But in most public HEIs, the budget is mostly based on need and utilisation,
> so why would we move away from the same allocation based on need for IP resources?

I disagree. First, we are not basing the allocation to the Educational Institution on the
number of students and staff. We are setting a reasonable cap on the amount of number
resources that they can request. The policy is clear that an Institution which requires less
can request less based on their needs.

In reality, the number of students and staff do serve as a reasonable proxy for judging
the likely IP number resource requirements of the institution, so I do not believe this is
an unreasonable approach.

> The budget for most public HEIs is a very tight one almost all the time. This may
> justify this policy which seems to aim to help cash-strapped HEIs but it also means
> exposing Afrinic to more financially toxic items. Seeing the reported financial
> statements this year, it becomes difficult, when I put on Afrinic hats, to assist one
> set of African institutions while poisoning another.

I think the use of the words toxic and poisoning here is inflammatory and unjustified.

Andrew has done a good job of showing that this proposal is probably somewhere between
neutral to slightly positive for AfriNIC in the short term and not significantly negative in the
longer term.

> One of the major principles of the AfrNIC PDP is fairness (3.3), everyone should be
> treated the same by Afrinic policies. While seeking to help HEIs, this policy draft
> seems to break this principle, across levels of academic institutions, across regions,
> across AfriNIC constituencies, across levels of development, etc. 

I think the proposal is fair across regions. I agree that all levels of academic institutions
should have access under this proposal, not just some narrow definition of HEI whatever
that means.

I ask you to explain how you believe it is unfair across constituencies and/or levels of
development and any other categories meant by "etc.".

> The categorization of students still remains debatable. I would like to see how HIEs
> like UNISA measure up in the policy, in the simulations, and how do regions that supply
> very large numbers of students to such institutions benefit from this policy. Dynamics
> of HEIs seems to indicate a growing need for distance or network based education
> delivery. By removing the IP resource allocation based on network need, the policy seems
> to be biased to considering only the dynamics of HEIs while ignoring the dynamics of IP
> resource allocation.

This policy does not remove that possibility. It creates an option to use a more convenient
formulation where applicable and/or useful. Nothing prevents an educational institution
from applying under the traditional policy even if this is enacted.


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