IPv4 Address Transfers Must Meet ARIN Policy

The chief executive of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) said that any transfer of IPv4 addresses from one organization to another will need to be compliant with established ARIN policy. As noted in this Computer World report, ARIN was responding to Computerworld’s questions regarding Microsoft’s plan to purchase a block of more than 666,000 IPv4 addresses from Nortel, for $7.5 million.

“Nortel, a bankrupt Canadian telecom equipment maker, is selling the addresses as part of its continuing efforts to raise money to pay off its creditors.

“The proposed transaction, which is awaiting approval by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, has raised questions about Microsoft’s motives for the purchase, as well as ARIN policy regarding such transfers.”

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