ACSP Suggestion 2011.34: Amend IPv6 Fee Structure


Author: Gaige B Paulsen   
Submitted On: 24 September 2011


As a small ISP, we have been working to get our customers involved in IPv6 for years now. Our IPv4 allocation is XSmall, and until this year, our IPv6 allocation has cost us nothing above our IPv4 allocation.

As I’m sure you are aware, the new system that is now in place is phasing in IPv6 pricing over the next few years, with the price being the larger of the allocations that the organization has.

Unfortunately, this has exposed a problem for very small ISPs which have been moving customers to IPv6, in that we are now faced with the choice of either dropping our IPv6 allocation, or paying for a Small allocation, without the need or availability of the extra V4 addresses.

This is basically a tax on smaller ISPs (not borne by any other class of ISP, since they all can get V6 allocations commensurate with their V4 allocations, thus removing the extra fee), during an economic climate that is already making things difficult for smaller organizations.

We believe that this practice creates an undo hardship for the smallest of the ISPs in our community, and will increase pressure to drop IPv6 support due to the nearly doubling of ARIN fees.

Considering the much larger pool of IPv6 small blocks vs the size of the pool of IPv4 XSmall blocks, this seems capricious. Clearly, making it more expensive for small ISPs to provide IPv6 support runs counter to ARINs goals of increasing IPv6 adoption.

We propose that ARIN explicitly allow ISPs who are only using XSmall allocations in IPv4 to continue to bring the benefits of IPv6 to their customers by allowing those organizations to be eligible for Small IPv6 allocations at no extra cost. This should discourage small ISPs from removing IPv6 support as a cost cutting measure or being the only class of ISPs that have to pay EXTRA for IPv6 support.

Timeframe: Immediate

Status: Closed   Updated: 26 February 2013

Tracking Information

ARIN Comment

11 October 2011

This is in response to your suggestion noted below and assigned number 2011.34 upon receipt of your confirmation.

This will be forwarded to ARIN’s Financial Committee (FinCom) for consideration and subsequent recommendation to the ARIN Board of Trustees. ARIN will provide you an update from either FinCom’s and/or the ARIN Board’s consideration of this matter.

We thank you for participating in the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process. This suggestion will remain open pending feedback.

ARIN Comment

26 February 2013

This is in response to your suggestion noted below and assigned number 2011.34 upon receipt of your confirmation.

The ARIN Board of Trustees recently adopted a new fee schedule, effective 1 July 2013.

The adopted fee schedule is the result of many considerations, including input from multiple fee schedule consultations and suggestions such as this one.

As a result of the new fee schedule being announced, this suggestion is now closed.