Keep in mind that ARIN uses some of the cash to|
fund NANOG (Merit.EDU).
Note, the .EDU TLD is supposed to be for 4-year
degree-granting institutions. Has anyone ever seen
a diploma from MERIT University ? Of course not,
MERIT is an ISP, originally funded by the good
old U.S. Government's National Science Foundation.
It is 100% pork and now ARIN helps to fatten the
folks at NANOG.
In return, NANOG supports what is commonly called
the "routing mafia". This is an unsavory group
of thugs who **think** they are running the
Internet. In the old days (the Wild West of the
Internet), these thugs were the law and order
on the net. Those days are over, yet, the
NSF-funded and ARIN-funded thugs remain. They
show up in all of the Internet Society venues.
They are well-funded, have zero social skills,
and will not hesitate to hack someone off the
net they do not like. Some run root servers and
some run TLD servers.
In the Wild West Days of the Internet, the thugs
would black-hole entire ISPs who did not use
the DNS servers they maintain. An ISP on the
East Coast may find that all of their packets
headed to the West Coast were silently lost,
until the ISP followed the DNS party line.
U.S. Government officials of course did not
understand how the technology worked and would
fund the thugs to strong-arm ISPs. ISPs paid
skim money under the table to the thugs and
to U.S. Government officials and contractors
to keep it all very quiet and working.
Now that the important routing is in the hands
of responsible carriers with long traditions
of ethical behavior and checks and balances in
place via regulatory agencies, the thugs find
themselves unable to strong-arm ISPs with
black-holing and other tactics. They now gather
at the ARIN and NANOG Union Halls to conspire
to control anything they can find that can be
placed under one of the sham .ORGanizations
that have evolved to front the thugs.
ICANN is only a small tip of the iceberg of
the Internet Mafia.