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[rpd] Board Statement with regards to allocation of large blocks of IP Addresses

Alan Barrett apb at
Wed Nov 26 13:12:48 UTC 2014

Thank you Sunday, for that report.  I am in agreement with all of it,
but I would like to hightlght these two paragraphs:

>The board has been given every assurance that AfriNIC staff followed
>the IP allocation policy with regards to all allocations already made.

>The board appeals to the community and to the AfriNIC members to
>examine the current policies in light of the discussions held in
>recent weeks and should the community feel that a change is needed,
>the board encourages the members to follow the processes defined and
>propose suitable changes to the current policies.

I think it's especially important that both members applying for 
address space, and staff handling such applications, should follow 
both the letter and the spirit of the existing policies.

The staff should take reasonable measures to check the information 
presented in applications, and the amount of checking that is 
reasonable goes up with the size of the requested space.  The 
Board should be aware of what's going on, especially when it may 
be controversial, but should not interfere without very good 

If people think that the policies allow things that should not be 
allowed, then the correct remedial action is not to petition the 
staff or the board to do things outside the policy, but rather to 
go through the policy development process to change the policy.

Finally, may we interpret the Board's message as meaning that Heng 
Lu's application is now approved, and no longer under review?

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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