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Post-Exhaustion-phase "punishment" for early adopters
- Subject: Post-Exhaustion-phase "punishment" for early adopters
- From: heinrich at hstrauss.co.za (Heinrich Strauss)
- Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:47:26 +0200
Something's just struck me: every IPv4 allocation over a certain
threshold has a monetary cost (sometimes in the tens of thousands of
USD) and according to our RIR, the first equivalent IPv6 allocation is
given as a freebie (to encourage migration). (Disclaimer: I'm on the
Dark Continent of Africa)
So once the "early" adopters migrate their networks to IPv6, there is no
business need to maintain the IPv4 allocation and that will be returned
to the free pool, since Business would see it as an unnecessary cost.
This would seem to counteract the forced move to IPv6, since, once the
early adopters move their services exclusively to IPv6 (or maintaining
very small IPv4 blocks), there would be plenty of IPv4 space for the
late adopters to request (after the RIR quarantine period, etc).
Naturally, 6to4 functionality must remain for a while to
interoperability reasons, so their resources would be available to the
IPv6 world for time to come.
Unless I'm misunderstanding the RIRs policy regarding IPv4 allocations;
has it been stated by all RIRs that IPv4 blocks are unallocatable once
the exhaustion phase kicks in? Or is there another mechanism to ensure
that we don't hand out the space being handed back once IPv6 is the norm? :)