IPTrading.com at HostingCon 2014

IPTrading.com was an exhibitor at HostingCon 2014 which marked it’s 10th anniversary at the Miami Beach Convention Center on June 16th and 17th.  The convention, attended by web hosting and service providers from around the world, gave us an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of how those most affected by the IPv4 shortage are dealing with it.  While the strategies of the different players varied from region to region and company to company, there was a consensus that IPv4 would be around for years to come.

To have a little fun, visitors to our booth played the “IPv4 Prediction Game”, where they were asked to forecast the average price of an IPv4 address in 5 years.  Predictions ranged from $1/IP to $100/IP (perhaps representing an IPv6 believer and an optimistic IPv4 owner!), but the average of all predictions by the “experts” was $26.22/IP.  It will be fun to look back in 5 years and see how close those predictions are.

Halfway through 2014

We are continuing to work towards reducing the requirement that ARIN test each transfer to make sure the recipient can demonstrate their need to ARIN’s satisfaction.  The continuation of this requirement is causing perturbations in this market and problems for companies who desire and can pay for address space, but who are proscribed by ARIN policy from receiving addresses. The needs-test for recipients was a rational method for the dissemination of “free” addresses, but not necessary for that purpose in an era of priced addresses.  One example of how anachronistic ARIN policies prevent fair use of address space is establishment of high minimums for allocations. This has the effect of blocking transfers to small recipients who can demonstrate their need for a routable block, just not a need for an ARIN-approved-sized block.  In a market, price provides ample impetus to conserve valuable resources. We believe that ARIN should concentrate on registration. If you concur, please consider supporting our policy proposal to allow for one needs-free purchase per year per recipient, up to a /16 in size.  This reasonable proposal would allow most transfers to proceed without the need to involve ARIN staff, would likely increase the accuracy of Whois, and would answer the needs of the hard-luck “corner cases” currently blocked by policy from buying space.