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

Owen DeLong owend at he.net
Mon Mar 28 20:40:14 GMT 2011

On Mar 28, 2011, at 1:12 PM, Brian Candler wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 12:49:45PM -0700, Owen DeLong wrote:
>>> ARIN "opened its doors for business on 22 December 1997". So perhaps Nortel
>>> got their address space prior to that?
>> Quite probably, but, I don't think that matters in terms of transfer policy.
> What I'm saying is: if they never signed an agreement with ARIN, then they
> might not be bound by its rules.

Nortel may or may not be bound by ARIN's rules, but, ARIN is the registry and
as such, if you want a transfer recognized in the registry, you will need to conduct
the transfer according to the policies present in the registry.

Outside of the registry, anyone who wants to can run their own internet using
whatever rules they choose to.

Of course, what happens when one attempts to connect one of these other
private internets to the IANA/RIR/RFC cooperating internet is rather vague
and undefined and I leave speculations about such as an exercise for the


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