[menog] Microsoft offered $7.5M for Nortel's IPv4

Bill Woodcock woody at pch.net
Mon Mar 28 14:31:15 GMT 2011

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On Mar 28, 2011, at 3:57 AM, Arif OKTAY wrote:
> Can Nortel/ MS do that ? I remember RIPE policies stating that  IP addesses are not supposed to have any commercial value. RIPE should justify whether a network can use their assigment or not.  Nortel, then, should return their IP adresses back to their RIR.  I suppose Nortel is mainly working with ARIN . I’ll be surprised to see that ARIN has a different policy.

ARIN's policies are not precisely identical to RIPE's, but both are governed by RFC2050, which states that all IP addresses must be allocated based upon need.  That is, the recipient of the addresses must be able to demonstrate that they need them, and will be able to use them efficiently.

While it would be allowable under policy for Nortel (or in this case, the bankruptcy court that's representing their creditors) to transfer the address space to another entity, rather than simply returning it to ARIN, that other entity would have to have already justified to ARIN their need for the address space.


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