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[rpd] IPv4 issues
Marcus K. G. Adomey
madomey at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 1 11:05:54 UTC 2014
Dear Chairman of AFRINIC Board and Board Members,
28 November 2014 marked the conclusion of the 21st meeting of AFRINIC. The following are my reflection which I want to share with you.
As you are aware, the saga of IPv4 /12 has generated a lot of discussions with lot controversies in which a lot of AFRINIC community members and observers concluded that something went wrong, maybe at the policy level, operations level, the board level or elsewhere. Also, it is noticed that there is a hard push from some members of the community to ease or simplify the process of acquiring resources from AFRINIC. Why this hard push?
The duty of the board is to protect the interest of the community by using the policies the community has put in place. When there is no policy to guide the actions of the board in some circumstances, and when the interest of the AFRINIC community is as take, the board is supposed to do everything possible to protect the interest and the resources of the AFRINIC community who elected them there as board members to represent their interest. There are precedence of this unwritten disposition in the history of the world.
AFRINIC is entering the state of transition caused by the announcement of the resignation of the CEO. Moreover, for the sake of “smooth transition”, there is a change in the chairmanship of the Board of AFRINIC. In general, it is observed that, at times, some transitions can be chaotic due to a number of reasons. In the AFRINIC community the resources attribution that has generated a lot of discussions and indignation from the community and observers is IPv4 /12.
To protect the resources of the AFRINIC community as well as protect the image and the integrity of the AFINIC board during this transition, I believe that the allocation of the IPv4 address above IPv4 /18 should be done in a way and manner that would protect the interest of the AFRINIC community.
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