ACSP Suggestion 2012.23: IPv4 Request Responses


Author: Owen DeLong   
Submitted On: 10 December 2012


Stop preaching to the choir.

While I appreciate the idea behind sending a “You know, we’re running out of this, right?” message along to everyone who asks for IPv4, it would be nice if staff were given discretion to skip that under any of the following circumstances:

  1. Requestor describes their IPv6 plans in their IPv4 request.
  2. Requestor is known to be IPv6-aware.
  3. Requesting ORG already has IPv6 resources.

For an example of this, see ARIN-2012-12-06-X6566 which meets 2 of the 3 criteria.

Timeframe: Immediate

Status: Closed   Updated: 19 December 2012

Tracking Information

ARIN Comment

19 December 2012

We understand that it may seem redundant and that we are “preaching to the choir” when we remind all IPv4 requestors that IPv4 depletion is imminent and the need to transition to IPv6 is now. However, as stewards of the Internet number resources in the ARIN region, we see it from a variety of perspectives. While we understand that there are some organizations who are aware of IPv6 and are actively planning their transition, we know of many more who are either unaware of the IPv4 depletion situation or who are aware but are intentionally delaying their transition to IPv6.

It is this audience that we are seeking to educate, and more importantly, to notify well in advance that ARIN will not be able to continue supplying IPv4 addresses to them in the future and if they plan on growing their businesses, they will need to do so using IPv6 address space.

We feel that is an extremely important message that we need to continue getting out to the community at every opportunity, and that this is consistent with the mandate set forth by the ARIN Board of Trustees in their 2007 resolution

This suggestion is now considered closed. We thank you for participating in the ARIN ACSP.