It's racing season, and not just for cars. Some people have accused ARIN of not following its specified transfer policy in its handling of the Nortel-Microsoft IPv4 address trade. But the complainers are just not up to speed. With a few strokes of the keyboard, ARIN has brought its transfer policy into alignment with what's really going on in the world. A news release posted today says, “Effective immediately, the transferor of legacy address space is not required to have the resources under a current registration services agreement with ARIN.” [Editors note: “transferor” means “seller” in communityspeak.] The release explains that “This procedural change was implemented in order to remove what some organizations may have viewed as a burdensome requirement in the specified transfer process.” Good job, ARIN! Those complainers don't realize how nimble ARIN really is.

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  1. Milton –
    Thanks for the praise, and I do agree that it is very important for ARIN to be responsive to the “real world” requirements of Internet community in our region.
    In this particular case, we had the benefit of some astute folks who pointed out the concern several months back, as well as the freedom to make the change because it was procedural in nature and therefore did not actually require any change in the community-developed specified transfer policy.
    As noted in the announcement, in the absence of a registration services agreement, transfer requests may take longer than expected and/or not be completed at all, as the claimant must be first verified as the actual address holder. For this reason, organizations with legacy resources are strongly encouraged to enter into a registration services agreement with ARIN in advance of submitting transfers if they wish to avoid these issues.
    Thanks again for pointing out this important change to the community!
    John Curran
    President and CEO

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