Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2022-5

Clean-up of NRPM Section 2.11

Status: Implemented
Shepherds: Alison Wood, Gus Reese

Current Text (21 March 2023)

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

Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2022-5 conforms to the principles of the ARIN Policy Development Process. This policy, if adopted, will add clarity to the text in Section 2.11 of the NRPM regarding community networks. It is fair, impartial, technically sound and has received support from the community.

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 Section 2.11. The focus of this proposal is to ensure that the intended meaning of the text is clear.

Policy Statement:

Change the text “A community network is deployed, operated and governed by its users” to “A community network is one that is deployed, operated and governed by its users” in the first line and change the text “to the user community it services” from “to the community it services” in the second line.

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 Section 2.11, 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

This Draft Policy makes minor clarifications to NRPM Section 2.11 Community Network. This update offers some grammatical clarity with no substantive impact on policy.

The intent with the second proposed edit appears to be to insert “user” in front of “community.” Staff recommends this be confirmed with the Shepherds by changing:

“to the user community it services” to “to the community it services”


“to the user community it services” from “to the community it services”

The remaining text is clear and understandable.

Implementable as Written?


Impact on ARIN Registry Operations and Services:


Legal Review:

No material legal issue.

Implementation Timeframe Estimate: Three months

Implementation Requirements:

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

Proposal/Draft Policy Text Assessed: 26 July 2022

History and Earlier Versions

Action Date
Proposal 14 June 2022
Draft Policy 26 July 2022
Revised 15 March 2023
Recommended Draft Policy 21 March 2023
Last Call 19 April 2023
Advanced to Board of Trustees 23 May 2023
Adopted 18 July 2023