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[rpd] [pdwg-appeal] SoftLanding BIS notice of intent to appeal

Jackson Muthili jacksonmuthi at
Tue Jan 23 06:20:57 UTC 2018

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 8:48 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at> wrote:

> >> Your issues are based on presumption that AfriNIC is a shop in a free
> >> market where IP addresses are commodities on shelves ready for anyone
> >> that walks in to buy in whatever quantity and deplete at will - an
> >> extremely selfish principle to deploy during a period of scarcity of a
> >> public resource.
> My perspective is that addressed are community resources to be used to
> deploy internet services to end users.


> My belief is that addresses have no utility whatsoever sitting on a shelf
> in the registry if there is a legitimate need for them to be used by end
> users.

I say yes to this but with caution. Those end users are served by ISPs.
Those ISPs are very many, competing for a tiny resource. Those end users
also live in 54 African countries. You do NOT want to let one ISP in
Nigeria use the remaining tiny resource to just serve Nigerian end users.
There are others too that need a piece of that tiny resource. You
unfortunately and regrettably keep ignoring this fact.

> My belief is that it is a disservice to this community to protect a free
> pool from real end users with legitimate need

It is a greater disservice to this community to open a very scarce resource
to abusive use by letting one or two businesses gainfully use most of that
resource when there are thousand others that still need it.

> for the sake of enabling some fictitious entity to gain some advantage
> later over a clear and present entity attempting to deliver service today.

Why do you call the new entrants 'fictitious'? Do you actually think we are
stagnant in Africa and that there are no more new players to forecast for?
Is the concept of forecasting in business practice perhaps inane to you?

You claim it is a lie to say your concerns have not been addressed. May be
you are unhappy with the facts and nothing can be done about this

I hope you are not planning to join efforts with your convener who in a
separate email has made it clear that if the policy does pass he will use
the Mauritius government to force the AfriNIC Board to refuse it and use
the same Board to apply different policies top-down while refusing to
implement policies the community has passed  - a particularly disturbing
piece of information.
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