Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2022-4

Clean-up of NRPM Sections 2.1 and 2.2

Status: Implemented
Shepherds: Alison Wood, Amy Potter

Current Text (21 March 2023)

AC Assessment of Conformance with the Principles of Internet Number Resource Policy:

Based on community feedback and AC discussion, we motion to move ARIN-2022-4: Clean-up of NRPM Sections 2.1 and 2.2 to Recommended Draft, with the following change in text: In Section 2.1, change the text “IP address space” to “Internet number resources”, and in Section 2.2, change the text “address space” to “number resources”. This Draft Policy is fair, impartial, and technically sound and will clarify the intent of the text in sections 2.1 and 2.2.

Problem Statement:

This proposal continues the work that the ARIN AC NRPM Clean-up Working Group undertook to conduct an editorial review of the NRPM. It relates specifically to Sections 2.1 and 2.2. The focus of this proposal is to increase the consistency of terminology employed in the NRPM.

Policy Statement:

In Section 2.1, change the text “IP address space” to “Internet number resources”, and in Section 2.2, change the text “address space” to “number resources” to reflect all of the types of Internet number resources administered by the types of entities defined in those sections.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate


This proposal is intended to replace Prop-305 in part. Although the proposal was drafted in the course of an editorial review of Sections 2.1 and 2.2, some of the changes proposed may not be considered purely editorial in nature and so this proposal is not being presented as strictly editorial.

Staff Understanding:

ARIN-edit-2022-4 makes minor editorial changes to NRPM Sections 2.1 and 2.2.

The policy text is clear and understandable, but does not appear editorial in nature, as it alters multiple definitions in non-grammatical ways.

Implementable as Written?: Yes

Impact on ARIN Registry Operations and Services:


Legal Review:

No material legal issue in concept; however, I do not believe this is a purely editorial update and is substantive as it expands the terminology.

Implementation Timeframe Estimate: 3 months

Implementation Requirements:

  • Staff training
  • Updates to public documentation
  • Updates to internal procedures and guidelines

Proposal/Draft Policy Text Assessed: 23 August 2022

History and Earlier Versions

Action Date
Proposal 14 June 2022
Draft Policy 26 July 2022
Classified as Editorial Change 23 August 2022
Reclassified as Draft Policy 21 October 2022
Recommended Draft Policy 21 March 2023
Last Call 19 April 2023
Advanced to Board of Trustees 23 May 2023
Adopted 18 July 2023