Get to Know the Draft Policies Under Discussion at ARIN 47

Get to Know the Draft Policies Under Discussion at ARIN 47

ARIN 47 is almost here! Have you booked your digital travel plans

We are excited to bring our community together and remotely 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. 

To help newcomers and seasoned veterans alike, below is a look at the Draft Policies and Recommended Draft Policies up for discussion. I have provided a simple explanation of each policy to help you determine those of greatest interest to your organization and where you might want to spend more time catching up on prior discussions.  

Note that Recommended Draft Policies are being recommended for adoption, and this may be the last time they are available for community discussion at an ARIN meeting.  

For future reference, you can always find the current text of all Draft Policies, and Proposals at our newly renovated policy segment of the ARIN website: 

ARIN-2020-7: 4.4 gTLD Micro-allocation Clarification - ARIN-2020-7 removes the term “New gTLD” from NRPM Section 4.4, as the term is from 2012 and the policy applies to all gTLDs created since mid-2012. 

ARIN-2020-8: Clarify and Update Annual  Renewal  Fee - ARIN-2020-8 removes NRPM Section “Annual Renewal” and instead places definitional language for ARIN Registration Services Agreements (RSAs) in Section 2.

Draft Policies 

ARIN-2020-6: Allowance for IPv4 Allocation “Swap” Transactions via 8.3 Specified Transfers and 8.4 Inter-RIR Transfers - ARIN-2020-6 allows organizations to receive smaller blocks of IPv4 address space so that they can renumber into it before transferring space to another organization. 

ARIN-2020-10: Removal of Requirement to Demonstrate Utilization of Reassignments and Reallocations for ISPs Seeking Initial Allocation from ARIN - ARIN-2020-10 removes the requirement for organizations to show how they have utilized space reallocated or reassigned to them before they may receive their first IPv4 allocation directly from ARIN. 

ARIN-2020-11: Add Textual Description for the Number Resource Hierarchy Image in Section 2 - ARIN-2020-11 adds explanatory text to NRPM Section 2 below the IP addressing diagram to aid those with sight-related disabilities or those with a first language other than English. 

ARIN-2021-1: ASN Clarifications to Sections 2, 8 and 10 - 2021-1 adds a definition to NRPM Section 2 for Autonomous System Number (ASN) makes numerous language and references throughout Sections 2, 8, and 10. 

ARIN-2021-2: Special Use IPv4 Space Out of Scope for Purposes of Determining Waitlist Eligibility - 2021-2 excludes special use IPv4 space (received under NRPM Section 4.4 and 4.10) from an organization’s total held IPv4 resources when assessing their eligibility to apply for IPv4 resources from ARIN’s waitlist. 

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 every Regional Internet Registry (RIR) 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. 

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. 

Attend Our PDP Webinar! 

If you’d like a deep dive into ARIN’s Policy Development Process, register for the on-demand PDP webinar! Whether you are a newbie or a veteran looking to refine your skills, we invite you to join us for this tutorial. 

Topics include: 

  • What Internet number resource policies mean to ARIN and to you 
  • How these policies are developed by the ARIN community 
  • Who participates in the PDP 
  • When key PDP steps occur 
  • Why you should get involved 

Additional resources can be found on the following webpages: 

We look forward to seeing you at ARIN 47!

Post written by:

Sean Hopkins
Senior Policy Analyst, ARIN

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