Does ARIN have the right to approve all IPv4 address sales?
Nortel/Microsoft deal highlights questions surrounding ARIN’s authority over IPv4 trades
A U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware recently approved Nortel’s sale of 666,624 IPv4 addresses to Microsoft for $7.5 million. Despite this precedent, a debate is raging in Internet policy circles about how sales of IPv4 addresses — particularly the largest blocks of IPv4 address space issued before the Internet became popular — will proceed in the future.
LB3 partner Marc Lindsey comments on the IPv4 trading market.