Policy Statement on Address Space Allocations

> for these values. From my limited viewpoint, the only way
> to recover the space is a voluntary return, based on the
> original allocation policies.

There must be some mechanism implemented whereby address space will return
to the IANA after a specified period of time unless otherwise requested by
the prefix holder.

  There were a couple of methods suggested here:

    preemptive hijacking -
    voluntary return -
    periodic fees -

  Hijacking has a number of interesting problems
  Periodic fees will take a year or more to implement
  Voluntary return can be done -now-.

  Which method is the least stressfull and has reasonable impact
  on the existing routing table crunch?

> as a technological means to protect a networks internal
> stability, is presumptious and rude at best and legally
> indefensable at worst.

How are the InterNIC coping with the new domain name charging scheme? If
this were successful, a similar scheme might be considered for address
prefixes. The legal consequences are similar if not quite the same, and
one is really no more rude or presumptious than the other.

  Not quite the same beast. Domain lables are -not- a finite resource.
  There are a wide range of viable alternatives to paying the InterNIC

You don't neccessarily need addresses returned to solve routing table
crunch. If contact with the address owner really is impossible, then they
are not using the addresses on the global Internet and therefore their
addresses can be aggregated with other live addresses. The best way to do
this would be to move all live addresses out of the block and just drop
the whole block for the time being.

Of course this means that other people would need to renumber into more
router-friendly prefixes but that's what PIER is all about.

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