Internic address allocation policy


The allocation policies do in fact have fatal flaws.

I believe it is acknowledged by (almost) everyone, including the
people who run the registries (although I don't speak for any but
APNIC), that the allocation policies we are using have flaws. They
are a compromise based on the conflicting requirements of

  - conservation of routing table space
  - conservation the free pool of IP addresses
  - allocating address space to anyone who demands them

and further, the registries are significantly constrained for various
reasons from having any objective and/or verifiable measures in which
to base allocations upon.

It is due to the current state of affairs that an IETF working group
to look at how to evolve the current address registry system was
created. The working group (currently known as Internet address
Registry Evolution, but due to the unfortunate confusion over what the
term "registry" implies, will be changing (suggestions welcome)) will
be meeting in San Jose on Dec. 9 at 7:30 PM and you can join the IRE
mailing list (which is arguably a better place to raise these issues
than nanog) by sending a message body of "subscribe" (I know you know
how to do this... :-)) to (archives available at