Allocation of IP Addresses

It would appear a clarification is necesssary:

The @Home allocation was done outside of normal registry procedures by
the IANA directly. InterNIC should not be held responsible for that

Which confirms that the rules are not well established nor consistently applied.

Any very large or unusual request must go outside normal registry
procedures (e.g., slow start). @Home is such a case. They made their
case directly to the IANA as InterNIC is not authorized to allocate
very large or unusual requests directly. The IANA authorized the
allocation based on the merits of the request (whatever they might
be). None of the registries can allocate very large or unusual
requests directly. This rule is quite well established and
consistently applied.


Just a small quibble David: when you say "the IANA" decided, it gives
the impression that an august group of people like the IESG took action.
In reality "the IANA" is but a SINGLE person - John Postel. If some
people are upset I suspect it might be because the power to make such a
decision is vested in the hands of ONE person rather than in a group.