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Re: IPv4 address exchange
From: David Conrad <drc () virtualized org>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:29:11 -0700

John,

On Apr 19, 2011, at 9:36 AM, John Curran wrote:
There are already two "address registrars" and at least 5 (6 if you count IANA) address whois databases.  I expect 
there to be more in the future, particularly now there is an existence proof that you can sell addresses and the 
Internet doesn't explode. 
How does transfer of number resources within a region imply additional whois databases?

Hint:

Add

% whois -h whois.depository.net 128.8.10.5

to the list I provided you in the previous message. Or are you implying that ARIN and the other RIRs are committing to 
synchronizing their databases with alternative address registrars as they become established?

What venue do you propose for a global consultative action to be taken in an open, transparent, an unbiased manner?
I've suggested ICANN, IGF, or the RIRs...

I find ARIN's new found interests in engaging in ICANN-related processes heartwarming given my past experiences, but I 
suspect both the ICANN and RIR venues would be somewhat biased against changing the status quo.  As for the IGF, my 
perhaps mistaken perception is that it has a slightly different focus than dealing with the operational implications of 
the proliferation of alternative address registrars. The main problem is one of timeliness. I doubt the market is going 
to wait for IGF, ICANN, or even RIR processes. But we'll see. 

Regards,
-drc



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