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I claimed "I believe we're now in the phase where the incumbent monopolies and their supporters attempt to actively discourage use of new disruptive entrants" and that I saw parallels with how PTT monopolies behaved in the past.
I for one read this as referring to the RIRs - it's hard to see what else it could refer to.
it could be interpreted at&t, comcast, dtag, verizon, ...
The RIRs are bottom-up policy organisations in their very nature. Whatever faults they have in their policies come largely because that process inherently reflects the foibles of the participating stakeholders, not from the arrogance of those in charge.
while i am less sanguine, i have been saying for years that having restrictive allocation policies based on routing table growth are, in fact, the incumbents restricting entry into the market because it would cost them money.
Prescribing commercial competition as a medicine to tackle the RIR faults is missing this point and likely to harm the numbering space by eliminating the bottom-up policy determination.
this might be a feature not a bug