ARIN Bits: June 2021

ARIN Bits: June 2021

If April showers bring May flowers, then May flowers bring the June 2021 edition of ARIN Bits! It’s been a productive second quarter, and we’re excited to kick off summer by sharing everything you need to know in this next edition of Bits. You’ll find a Meeting Report recapping everything from our recent Public Policy and Members Meeting, ARIN 47, RPKI updates, current policy proposals and much more. Missed last quarter’s edition? You can find all past editions on our ARIN Bits page.

View the ARIN 47 Meeting Report

The ARIN 47 Public Policy and Members Meeting Report, including presentations, links to daily recaps on our blog, transcripts, and webcast archives, is available on our website. We wish to thank everyone who participated in ARIN 47 and made it a success! Please plan to join us for ARIN 48 so you can continue participating in this integral part of ARIN’s Policy Development Process.

Save the Dates for the Next ARIN meeting

ARIN 48 is scheduled in three segments as follows:

19-20 October – Public Policy Consultation – Virtual
28 October – Election Forum – Virtual
4 November – Members Meeting – Hybrid – Virtual and Minneapolis, MN

We look forward to meeting again with you this fall online, in-person, or a little of both.

Join Our IPv4 Waiting List

Our next IPv4 Waiting List distribution is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 and will complete during the first week of July. During our last distribution (completed Tuesday, 6 April 2021), we were able to fill 249 requests. You can find the current waiting list here.

If you’d like to qualify for this distribution, submit your IPv4 request now to make sure your request is processed and added in time. You can read more about how the IPv4 Waiting List works in the blog we shared earlier this year.

If you need any help, you may either submit an Ask ARIN Help Desk ticket, call ARIN’s Help Desk at 703-227-0660 (Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM ET), or chat with an analyst via our website (Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM ET). We look forward to filling as many requests as we can during this distribution. If you need IPv4, and you’d like to take part, now is the time.

Meet your 2021 Nomination Committee

Each year in advance of our Elections season, we select a group of individuals to serve on the ARIN Nomination Committee (NomCom). These individuals help with identifying, recruiting, and assessing candidates standing for election to the ARIN Board of Trustees and Advisory Council, in accordance with the ARIN Bylaws, the Charter for the NomCom, and the ARIN Election Processes.

We are pleased to announce that the following people have been selected to serve on the 2021 NomCom:

  • Catherine Middleton, Committee Chair
  •  Tina Morris, ARIN Board Trustee
  • Celeste Anderson, Pacific Wave, Inc.
  • Byron Holland, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority / Autorit Canadienne pour les enregistrements Internet)
  • Jonathan Kalbfeld, ThoughtWave Technologies, Inc.
  • Leif Sawyer, GCI Communications Corp
  • Chris Tacit, Vancouver Internet Exchange (VANIX)

Congratulations to our new committee, and we thank you for the vital role you play in the ARIN community. For more information on the ARIN Election Processes, please visit our Elections page.

RPKI Updates & Maintenance

Over the last few months, we’ve shared quite a bit about our commitment to ensuring safe and accurate routing services at ARIN. We want to ensure that ARIN and the greater Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) community are prepared in the unlikely event that access to ARIN’s RPKI repository becomes unavailable. To that end, we encourage operators utilizing ARIN’s RPKI repository data to follow the best practices as described in RFC 7115 / BCP 185 – specifically falling back to routing on unvalidated announcements (i.e. NotFound validity state) in the absence of RPKI data availability.

To achieve this goal, ARIN intends to conduct brief (30 minute) unannounced maintenance on 20 July 2021 and encourages all organizations that take action based on RPKI route classifications to review their operational model before that time.

Routing Security @ ARIN

The countdown to the end of the ARIN-NONAUTH Internet Routing Registry (IRR) database has begun. In March of this year our community consultation concluded with ARIN’s plan to end the datastream on 31 March 2022. Now, messages are coming to Points of Contact (POCs) linked to Orgs with objects in the database with recommendations on how to prepare. Don’t wait until the last minute to take action. The staff at ARIN is here to assist you in making sure your resources are identified and to find a new home where they are best suited to meet your Org’s routing security needs.

RPKI deployments are growing here at ARIN. The number of ROAs in the ARIN repository has doubled from 17,500 to more than 37,000 since the start of 2021. In addition, more than 350 new Orgs have decided to use ARIN’s Hosted RPKI to enhance the security of their number resources. Development of new services and feature enhancements based on your suggestions is under way. Keep an eye out for notice regarding these upcoming releases. New training sessions and how-to videos are also in production to help de-mystify RPKI. You will learn how easy it is to take the first steps into the world of route origin validation on the Internet.

ARIN 48 Fellowship Program Coming Soon  

Our ARIN 47 Virtual Fellowship Program went so well, we decided to bring it back for ARIN 48! Our fall Fellowship Program will once again be fully online. Our new slate of Fellows will participate in four virtual sessions, meet other members of the ARIN community, learn about policies on the docket for ARIN 48, receive mentorship by a member of the ARIN Advisory Council, and much more. Stay tuned for registration opening next month. In the meantime, check out the video we put together to fill you in on the details you need to know about our upcoming Virtual Fellowship Program!

https://youtu.be/VV81WjPK0Y8

Another Successful ARIN Optimized event – Q2

Last year we launched a new master class onboarding experience for new ARIN customers and members. This is a quarterly offering, with sessions in March, June, September, and December. These sessions feature panelists from ARIN staff, spotlight story videos from the ARIN community, polls, and a handout chock-full of information and links for future reference.

These sessions cover topics including:

  • ARIN’s governance, structure, and mission
  • IPv4 depletion and IPv6 transition
  • What are the tools in your ARIN Online toolbox?
  • How to engage with the ARIN community
  • Why Internet policy is important

June attendees let us know they most appreciated the information on IPv6 and learning about available services and resources. They also said it was a useful orientation to the new ARIN customer with a good pace and user engagement. Thank you to all who attended the June session, and we look forward to bringing more of these throughout 2021.

Current Policy Proposals

Number Title Status
ARIN-2020-6 Allowance for IPv4 Allocation “Swap” Transactions via 8.3 Specified Transfers and 8.4 Inter-RIR Transfers Draft Policy
ARIN-2020-7 4.4 gTLD Micro-allocation Clarification Pending Board Review
ARIN-2020-8 Clarify and Update 4.2.1.2 Annual Renewal Fee Pending Board Review
ARIN-edit-2020-9 Editorial Clean-up of NRPM Section 4 and Related Provisions Editorial Change
ARIN-2020-10 Removal of Requirement to Demonstrate Utilization of Reassignments and Reallocations for ISPs Seeking Initial Allocation from ARIN Draft Policy
ARIN-edit-2020-11 Add Textual Description for the Number Resource Hierarchy Image in Section 2 Editorial Change
ARIN-edit-2021-1 ASN Clarifications to Sections 2 and 8 Editorial Change
ARIN-2021-2 Special Use IPv4 Space Out of Scope for Purposes of Determining Waitlist Eligibility Draft Policy

You can find the status of current policy discussions on our website and subscribe to ARIN-PPML (Public Policy Mailing List) to voice your opinions. Remember, membership is not required to participate!

4.2.3.7.1. Reassignment and Reallocation Information

When an Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides IPv4 addresses to their downstream customer, they’re required to create a reassignment record in ARIN’s Whois, but did you know they can maintain their own Referral Whois (Rwhois) server instead? ISPs that regularly process many reassignments will typically maintain their own Rwhois server. Their server’s address will be displayed within their Org ID in ARIN’s Whois. You will need to query their Rwhois server directly to view their customers’ reassignment information. ISPs are required to keep their reassignment records current whether they’re using ARIN’s Whois or their own Rwhois server.  IPv6 has the same requirements under policy 6.5.5.1.

A Tip from our Registration Services Department

Did you receive an email about your orphaned Point of Contact (POC), and it says there is no action required, but you’re still concerned? What is this email about?

To see more details of the POC mentioned in the email, enter the POC Handle (POC XXXXX-ARIN) into the search field that says “Search Site or Whois” at the top of  www.arin.net.

In most cases, this is an old point of contact record created for an old service that needed IP addresses.  Once those IP addresses are no longer needed, the registration is deleted (typically by the ISP providing the services), but the POC remains in the database. It can be re-used by the ISP or by the customer for a new service. If two years go by without being used, we flag the POC as orphaned and delete it to clean up the Whois database. The orphaned POC is not associated with any other records, so its deletion will not affect any other services or registrations your organization might have.

Customer and Member Stats as of 31 May 2021

  • 39,141 total customer organizations, including 7,184 member organizations
  • 424 8.3 Transfers and 111 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2021
  • 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2021: 22 to APNIC, 58 to RIPE NCC, 4 to LACNIC and 6 from APNIC, 17 from RIPE NCC, 4 From LACNIC
  • 60.3% of members have an IPv6 block

And that’s a wrap on the June 2021 edition of ARIN Bits. We look forward to seeing you in September!

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