Let me add a word to Brett's comments. This IS a world-scale
If a LARGE GROUP OF NETWORK PROVIDERS (that's us, btw, nanog),
decided TOMORROW that WE will assign address space and route to
it, there is no force in the world that will charge for it, or
be able to change it.
Here's the Ehud Scenario:
1. Tomorrow Paul Vixie gets a pirate hair up his dec alpha
and puts in 64.in-addr.arpa. through 126.in-addr.arpa.
2. We start assigning nets from this block (64/8-126/8).
3. We start routing to this block (ok, I don't own a backbone
yet, but let me use "we" meaning nanog for now
Is this unlawful? No. There's no law about announcing routes,
nor about delegating them in private internets. For practical
purposes, NANOG members form a private internet.
Is this unethical? Some would say 'Sure, only the InterNIC and
IANA can assign IP addresses.' Some tell me this thinking is
obsolete. Jim Fleming would salivate, and Karl Deninger would
laugh. Well, maybe.
Is this impractical? I dunno. I figure we could bribe Paul with
$ 2000 per assignment regardless of size (after all, two NS entries
are all the same cost). After about 52 /24s, he'd double his
yearly retainer income (all figures guesses with no real basis)
and probably be able to retire to Caymans. (That's a Brett Scenario).
Oh yeah, it's my idea, so I want anyone who gets an allocation from
this scheme to send me a bottle of single-malt Scotch.
Let me know if I've left something out.
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