Get To Know The Draft Policies Under Discussion at ARIN 40

Get To Know The Draft Policies Under Discussion at ARIN 40

With ARIN 40 just around the corner, we are excited to bring our community together and facilitate one of ARIN’s prime directives: the development of policy by the community for the management of IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers. Our biannual Public Policy and Members Meetings are the cornerstone of our Policy Development Process (PDP), and they rely upon you, the community, to be successful.

Participating in policy discussions can be an intimidating experience for ARIN newcomers and seasoned veterans alike, and the policies themselves tend to be complex and difficult to digest enough to jump into discussions. Let’s take a look at the Draft Policies and Recommended Draft Policies up for discussion.

Draft Policy ARIN-2017-3: Update to NPRM 3.6: Annual Whois POC Validation

This Draft Policy outlines procedures for ARIN’s annual Whois Point of Contact (POC) Validation, including which POCs get verified, and how non-responsive POCs are handled (the text suggests loss of ARIN Online account access). If your organization is typically contacted by ARIN as part of annual Whois POC validation, this Draft Policy may pertain to you.

Draft Policy ARIN-2017-4: Remove Reciprocity Requirement for Inter-RIR Transfers

This Draft Policy would allow inter-RIR transfers to RIRs without bidirectional inter-RIR transfer policies IF the RIR in question has less IPv4 in inventory than the global RIR average. If your organization would have a need to transfer Internet number resources abroad, this Draft Policy may pertain to you.

This Draft Policy would require IPv6 reassignments to be registered in Whois only if they are a /47 or larger, and states that ISPs should register any static assignments of a /64 or more if their customers ask them to. If your organization has been allocated IPv6 space by ARIN for further assignment to your customers, this Draft Policy may pertain to you.

Draft Policy ARIN-2017-6: Improve Reciprocity Requirement for Inter-RIR Transfers

This Draft Policy would not allow ARIN to conduct Inter-RIR transfers to RIRs if, according to that RIR’s policies, those resources could be further transferred to a RIR or National Internet Registry (NIR) that does NOT have bidirectional transfer policies. If your organization would have a need to transfer Internet number resources abroad, this Draft Policy may pertain to you.

Draft Policy ARIN-2017-8: Amend the Definition of Community Network

This Draft Policy would clarify the Community Network definition in ARIN’s Number Resource Policy Manual in response to community feedback suggesting the existing definition was too narrow, particularly with the requirement that an organization be 100% volunteer-run to be included. If your organization is, or works closely with community networks as defined in current ARIN policy, this Draft Policy may pertain to you.

Participate in Policy Discussions

ARIN is committed to providing an open community forum for policy development, and that includes lowering barriers of entry of all kinds. New faces and widespread participation are key components in any Regional Internet Registry community, and ARIN is no exception. I hope the information in this post arms even the greenest ARIN participant with the tools they need to participate actively once the microphones turn on.

People from all over the ARIN region and beyond will be participating at the ARIN meeting, but vital opinions need not be conveyed in-person to be effective! If you want a great time- and wallet-friendly option for you and your organization to be heard by the ARIN community, ARIN offers a terrific remote participation experience. We’ll have chat rooms for voicing your opinions during discussions, as well as a live streaming transcript so you won’t miss a beat!

Remote participation is completely free, but be sure to register early! If you register before the meeting, you can ensure that your Jabber ID and access to the chat rooms are all in order, so you won’t miss a minute of the action!

The ARIN Public Policy Meeting and Members Meeting will be webcast, including discussion sessions for all five of the above Draft Policies. Once the Public Policy Meeting begins, we make every effort to ensure that policy discussions are held at their scheduled times, and we notify remote participants in the event of agenda changes. Check the meeting agenda for complete schedule details.

In order to take full advantage of remote participation, you will need a Jabber client, and we’ll need your Jabber Identifier (JID) when you register. For details, visit the Remote Participation page. Note that all remote participants are subject to the Remote Participation Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

To submit your very own Internet number resource policy proposal, just fill out our brief template and send it to Don’t worry about getting the wording of your proposal exactly right – our Advisory Council will work with you directly to help transform your idea into a clear change, removal, or addition to policy text, and get it the community attention it needs to move through the PDP.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out our new video entitled “ARIN’s Policy Development Process” to learn more about each step of the PDP, and become a part of the Internet’s future today!

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Post written by:

Sean Hopkins
Senior Policy Analyst, ARIN

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