Well, as you must have guessed all these are bureaucratical policies that define how the allocation of public (Internet) addresses is done. So it basically concerns only those who wish to apply for a direct allocation of an IP address block (minimum /24 subnet) and it has nothing to do with anything technical. More like legal stuff..
Oh My God you people are insane, such good & technical answer in so less time, i just posted it, may be thats the reason you are the "mod" & i am bloody @
Ok when you say "minimum /24 subnet" it would be a full class "C" IP address comprising of 254 hosts ?
Next would be SP (Service Provider)
CCNA, CCNP (Switching), CCIE#20640
hmm you mean the way CIDR address allocation in the internet is planed in the first place? Because it's the same strategy followed everywhere. In that case, check RFC1518
. It's easy to understand as a concept, the actual math and planing-ahead is an other story though. I understand why someone fond of mathematics would find that fascinating -me, I just hate the whole thing (too many computations involved and no place for mistakes :? ).