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[rpd] Policy areas to consider

Owen DeLong owen at
Wed Jul 1 21:28:13 UTC 2015

There are definitely unused addresses in various places that could be transferred to those that need them.

Ideally, people would simply do the right thing and return those addresses. In reality, in some cases, there is effort required to free up those addresses, so it is hoped that by allowing for paid transfers, that work may get incentivized. Unfortunate side effect, now that there is a price on addresses for transfer, there are all kinds of economic incentives to do bad things to maximize revenue potential from address hoarding.

Overall, I think that transfers were a bad idea. However, my opinion was overtaken by legal realities and other concerns and we did adopt a transfer policy.

In the end, moving to IPv6 resolves all of that mess. Hopefully the bottom will fall out of the IPv4 market sooner rather than later as IPv6 adoption proceeds.



> On Jul 1, 2015, at 13:51 , Noah <noah at> wrote:
> On 1 Jul 2015 20:55, "Seun Ojedeji" <seun.ojedeji at <mailto:seun.ojedeji at>> wrote:
> >
> > With ARIN getting close to end of it's v4 addresses, it recently activated an interesting policy that attempts to address requests that are beyond available IP block in ARIN's pool.
> >
> > <>
> >
> > - Will be good to see our region preparing for such day as well
> > - Will be good to see new policies emerge as a result of the emerging global realities.
> >
> Indeed why not...preps are a good start...
> However, the reality on the ground is different...its obvious that Internet development is still at lower % in our continent generally due to so many socioeconomic constraints and as such, these kind of policies can only see light after some good years to be honest...
> PS: I found that "transfer market" alternative rather interesting considering the gossip that v4  is finished but only in the AfriNIC service region...[ is ARIN suggesting that in North America region...folk still have addresses not fully used at all and as such can be transferred to those who readily need them ].
> Cheers
> Noah
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