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Re: IPv4 address exchange
From: David Conrad <drc () virtualized org>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:56:22 -0700


On Apr 19, 2011, at 10:19 AM, Jeff Wheeler wrote:
Are you saying there are people who advocate creating a new ecosystem
of service providers for supplying several things that the RIRs
exclusively supply today?


Sign me up.  As a vendor.  I'd love to over-charge for the dead simple
task of using an API to push DNS delegation updates to the IN-ADDR
servers, and running a whois server.

My guess is that lacking a monopoly, if you over-charge you won't have many customers.

If you really want WHOIS output
with a common, unified structure, you can do that.  Bulk access to RIR
data is available today.

So your solution is for everyone interested in a common database structure to download the entirety of all the RIR 
databases and write code to convert the various (changing) formats into a 'common, unified structure'?

In any event, such a use would appear to be in violation of ARIN's Bulk Whois AUP (According to 
http://www.icann.org/en/correspondence/curran-to-beckstrom-02mar11-en.pdf, ARIN denied bulk whois access for the stated 
use of "directory mirroring").

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see how a bunch of different
entities providing fragmented "post-allocation services" is of any

Some folks find competition in service providers beneficial.


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