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Username: jandl
Date/Time: Thu, March 1, 2001 at 3:23 AM GMT (Wed, February 28, 2001 at 11:23 PM EDT)
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Subject: There are times when...


      it seems better to transfer the block.  Although ISPs are under no obligation to do so, the upstream provider will most likely not be willing either.  Of course, the answer is to have a portable IP Class, which is almost impossible to acquire now.  If there is a large network involved (enterprise) it locks them in to a service provider they may wish to leave.  There should be a cleaner method to accomplish it.  Perhaps the gaining ISP should take on the challenge of renumbering the network.

In any case, it should not be that painful for a network to change providers.  In my limited experience, IP blocks have been transferred fairly easily with a little coordination on both sides.  Of course, it depends largely on the expertise of the network administrators of all three entities - losing ISP, gaining ISP, client network.  Then there is also the competence of the upstream techs - abysmal many times.


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