[At-Large] RES: Proposed statement of the ALAC regarding the current situation in Egypt

McTim dogwallah at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 11:31:54 UTC 2011

2011/2/2 Lutz Donnerhacke <lutz at iks-jena.de>:
> * McTim wrote:
>>> There is an ICANN related aspect with revocation of IP addresses from the
>>> global routing as happend in Egypt. The IP addresses given out to the LIRs
>>> there are assigned within a policy which requires a useage pattern. By
>>> revoking the addresses from the BGP routing, the claimed use pattern is
>>> violated and therefore the assignment is not longer permitted.
>> I would have to disagree, and, being a former hostmaster at a RIR, I
>> have some perspective on this.   Addresses are assigned to interfaces.
>> Those interfaces are still up (presumably) and still need addresses.
>> We give out IPs to folk who never want to connect to the public
>> Internet, but still need to do internetworking. Hopefully, your
>> proposed statement was in jest!
> As a hostmaster of a LIR, I know the inquisitorous

hahahaha, I might have even been your inquisitor ;-)

questions from the
> hostmasters of the RIR very well. I'm only allowed to assign address for a
> given purpose and if this purpose is not longer valid, I have to revoke the
> assignments.

yes, but in this case, even when offline (Egypt is back BTW) the
assignment is still valid, as it was approved or made for purpose A,
and the addresses are still being used for purpose A.

> Of course, I can apply for internal usage and will obtain public address
> space if necessary. But I can't transfer address space given out for hosting
> usage into private usage. That would violate the policy.



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route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

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