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Does ARIN have the right to approve all IPv4 address sales?

  • Nortel/Microsoft deal highlights questions surrounding ARIN's authority over IPv4 trades
  • Network World
  • 5/11/2011

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.