[AusNOG] APNIC Slashes Costs for New Members

Mark Newton newton at atdot.dotat.org
Fri Mar 1 23:20:56 EST 2013

On 01/03/2013, at 10:34 PM, Tim Butler <tim at conetix.com.au> wrote:

> Not sure APIC needed to discount the prices this late in the stage though, that's the odd bit out of it all!

Put yourself into the position of a small ISP in an emerging economy, perhaps a South Pacific island somewhere that's in the process of getting connected to a recycled submarine cable.

Those of us in the developed economies have already gobbled up almost all of the IPv4 space. Then, from our privileged position, we make the remaining bits too expensive to acquire. 1024 addresses might be enough to keep a tiny provider going for a few years, or might provide bootstrap capacity to underpin an IPv6 deployment, but we price it out of the market?

Doesn't sound very fair to me. 

I welcome the price drop.

    - mark

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