Staff and Legal Review for Draft Policy ARIN-2020-6

Allowance for IPv4 Allocation “Swap” Transactions via 8.3 Specified Transfers and 8.4 Inter-RIR Transfers

Summary (Staff Understanding)

ARIN-2020-6 would allow organizations, by request, to receive a smaller IPv4 block to renumber into prior to conducting a specified transfer under NRPM 8.3. or 8.4. Further, it seeks to prevent organizations from creating new Org IDs just to receive a smaller block so that the larger block may be transferred.


ARIN Staff Comments

ARIN-2020-6 would effectively codify the practice of obtaining and renumbering into a smaller block prior to conducting a transfer as a source, preventing the need for workarounds.

Staff suggests considering three points as a community:

  • Upper limits for these smaller allocations
  • Acceptable timeframe within which the organization must transfer the larger block
  • Restricting waitlist space from use in these scenarios

ARIN General Counsel – Legal Assessment

No material legal issue.

Resource Impact

Implementation of this policy would have minimal resource impact. It is estimated that implementation would occur within three months after ratification by the ARIN Board of Trustees. The following would be needed in order to implement:

  • Staff training
  • Updated guidelines and internal procedures
  • Standard documentation updates

Proposal/Draft Policy Text Assessed: 23 June 2020 Version