Thanks for the excellent perspective on this issue. I'll only make a few
3. New entrants should not be disadvantaged (as they
would be if we have one
set of rules for NZGATE addresses) and should also be able to obtain
provider independent addresses on terms no less attractive than existing
For entrants who expect to need a reasonable amount of address space, there
is little difference. The situation for those needing less is,
unfortunately, difficult because small blocks of newly obtained addresses
are unlikely to be routable. However, new entrants may be able to use NATs
or otherwise build their systems to allow easy renumbering. The main
problem for existing users is that changing can be difficult, expensive,
and not commercially viable because few had anticipated a need to ever
have to renumber (and the systems to make this easy were not available then).
4. Incentives to corporates in particular to
relinquish unused addresses
This is an excellent idea. Perhaps all the incentives are already there
(improved security, portability, future proofing, shorter outages from route
Perhaps we put together a readable document on the subject and distribute it
widely. Providing incentives is certainly a much better approach than trying
to coerce people into migrating -- and maybe we could get corporates to migrate
without moving (resulting in more migration).
One of the elements missing here in NZ is the idea of
a Local Internet
Registry, see http://www.ripe.net/docs/ripe-159.html
(which is kind of what
I thought NZGATE was).
I think lots of others did too, including APNIC.
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