[At-Large] They're out of IPv4 Addresses!

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Sun Sep 16 17:27:35 UTC 2012

> Approximately half of all IPv4 addresses (legacy allocations) are sort of not in the system at all.  Some people argue for a marketplace that allows for trading of addresses for other considerations.  As far as I can tell none of the RIRs has really bought into this notion in any way yet.  Neither, if I recall correctly, did the IAB.

ARIN has sort of a wink and nod policy, which allows "directed" transfers 
from one entity to another, so long as the receiving entity would have 
qualified under the usual allocation rules.  I don't think they've ever 
rejected one, so we don't know what would happen if they did.

Presumably the two entities would have said that's nice, we're going to do 
it anyway and it's not our problem if you refuse to update your records.

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