From: "Paquette, Trevor" <TrevorPaquette @
Subject: RE: Class B Address
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 07:30:58 -0600
To: "'Michael H. Warfield'" <mhw @
com>, timh @
Cc: firewalls @
> I disagree. Any corporation's responsibility IS to the shareholder
> first. Without those shareholders. the company would cease to exist. The
> InterNIC holds NO authority within any corporation. Period. (Except
> their own). They have no legal right to tell me what IP space I can or
> cannot use WITHIN my own internal network. (The key word here is:
> WITHIN) They CAN tell me what IP space I can and cannot use to talk over
> the Internet. These are two separate things. If someone wants to use a
> random class B within their own network, that's fine with me.. Just make
> sure that it does not leak out to the Internet, and that you are doing
> NAT on all connections going in/out.
> Now, that being said.. Sticking to RFC 1597 is a excellent good idea
> because it introduces a very good and well accepted standard that the
> Internet community as a whole can understand and implement.
> NOTE: We follow RFC 1597.
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While I agree wholeheartedly with the above statement, the real danger here
is the NIC's ability to "take back" a Class B that it has previously assigned
to a corporate entity. If they (the NIC) feel that you are not using the class
B and can sell it, then perhaps they should "take it back" and either assign
it to someone with a greater need or keep it themselves for future use.
I have spoken with other individuals who tried to assign their class B to either
a new corporate entity or a subsidiary of their own group (just to keep everything
above board as registration doesn't prevent you from routing it any way you want)
and ran headfirst into an obstinate NIC. If they say the Class B is no longer yours
you would have to take them to court to get it back.
Unfortunatley during the late 80s almost anybody that asked for a B could get it.
This of course was before the current Internet boom. Now there is a perceived
shortage and the NIC feels (which is their right) that if you aren't using the
class B, then someone else with a greater need should get it.
This smacks somewhat of the whole Commercial/Educational argument about
use of the Internet as a whole. I don't think the Internic can take
the moral high ground as they now *charge* for their services. They have
"sold out" just like everyone else.
Michael W. Chalkley Tel: +1.770.823.7846
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