too many routes


Everyone in the food chain has to operate
under the same policies of justifying IP space based on need and using the
space efficiently.


Except PSI, UUnet, MCI, Sprint,

What gives you that idea? Said providers may get allocated lots and
lots of IP space, but then that's because they have many customers who
_need_ IP space. Keep in mind that if an entity is not eligible for
its own routable space then it needs to go to its upstream provider.
Considering how many new companies are connecting to the 'net, it is
should be no surprise that the backbones providing the connections
need lots of space.


What makes you say that? They have tons of customers who have to have IP
space that usually goes from /24 to a /27, and the InterNIC doesn't
usually honor reqests for blocks of those sizes. So, they go to their
upstream. If their upstream is UUNet, MCI, Sprint, etc, then they have to
be able to assign them IP space. PSI, UUNet, MCI, Sprint have to play
fair just like everyone else. If they don't have the use for the space,
they certainly aren't going to get it. And I'd thing the aggressive SWIP
policy the NIC has now would keep them from just hoarding address space
for no reason.

Joe Shaw -
NetAdmin - Insync Internet Services