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[rpd] Last Call for "AFPUB-2016-GEN-001-DRAFT-04 - Internet Number Resources Review by AFRINIC"

Bill Woodcock woody at
Wed Jul 12 06:12:25 UTC 2017

While I am not going to opine on the merits of the policy under discussion, I’d like to draw attention to one of the assertions made in the discussion:

> On Jun 26, 2017, at 8:37 PM, Lu Heng < at> wrote:
> This policy is in direct conflict with transfer policy, if someone wants to sell their address space, they surely not commit to use it with the original purpose, should AFRINIC instead of allowing them to transfer the space, but reclaim them and redistribute them for "better use"? If that is the case, the transfer policy will have no use because of that.

I would just like to point out that the AfriNIC community does not exist to serve the financial interests of those who wish to sell addresses, rather than use them.

The AfriNIC community is the community of people who need IP addresses, in order to route them and give people access to the Internet.  The AfriNIC policy process exists to serve those who wish to _use_ IP addresses, not those who wish to profit from them at the expense of the community.

So, whatever your thoughts on the merits of this proposal, the fact that it fails to serve the interests of speculators is not an argument against it.


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