Can you show me real examples of an RIR repossessing address
so, what is stopping them from reclaiming some of those /8s?
ARIN regularly repossesses address space according to their treasurer.
This fact is well known to those who regularly attend ARIN meetings and
hear the reports on ARIN activities.
I think there is a difference between repossession and surrender. Yes,
ARIN has policies on the books that nominally cover this case, but quite
frankly they can't enforce those policies because they are not the SP
who is taking money from a customer. And so a market can and does exist
for IPv4 address space, albeit not in the open. I say this having
acquired a company in which we viewed their space as an asset, and
promptly appropriated it for other uses.
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