Re: Fw: Urgent! AOP Alert 97:03 (fwd)

Gordon Irlam (
Thu, 16 Jan 1997 13:53:50 -0800 (PST)

I have a class C address for my network at home. Under the
proposal I would be required to pay $2,500 to maintain my subnet,
which is greatly beyond my price range.

I'm feeling pretty pissed off about this right now.

I spent a few hours reading through the proposal (
and writing up comments on it. I then sent my comments to the
address to which they claim to be soliciting public comments,
only to have it bounce right back at me. Grrr. What a waste
of time.

I am not opposed to the concept of charging rent for address space.
The current proposal however is very badly flawed. Anyone want to
do a back of the envelope calculation on reasonable costs? Let's
see, 10000 backbone routers (surely an overestimate!), 16 bytes
static RAM each, $40/Mbyte. Well, that comes to $6.40! Nowhere
near the $2,500 I am being threatened with.


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Subject: Comments on
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 10:06:41 -0800 (PST)
From: (Gordon Irlam)

1. The organizational structure is flawed. The board of trustees
who are responsible for the business afairs of ARIN are a
self-perpetuating oligarchy. There is no mechanism for the
members of ARIN, nor the advisory counsel to act if the board
of trustees was to act out of self-interest, rather than
in the interests of the public who they are meant to be serving.
There is no mechanism for the advistory counsel, nor members to
vote to determine the board of trustees.

2. The mechanism for the selection of the initial board of trustees
is not specified.

3. It isn't made clear whether the proposal is inteded to just affect
ISP's, or any organization that owns a network address.

4. There is no economic rationale for the proposed pricing levels.
At the high end prices should reflect the availability of IPv4
address space, and be higher to discourage address wastage.
At the low end they should only reflect the cost of router
table memory costs, and should probably be lower.

5. Intellectial property right issues are not addressed.
Are IP address spaces a form of property that can be
bought and sold? Are they a resource that is rented?

6. The use of fees raised by the proposal is not specified.