Editorial Change ARIN-edit-2020-1

Clarify Holdings Restriction for Section 4.1.8 Waitlist Entries

Status: Implemented 22 September 2020 Shepherds: Alison Wood, Kat Hunter

Current Text (24 January 2020)

Problem Statement:

A recent Policy Experience report pointed to ambiguity among waitlist applicants as to whether the /20 limit on existing space restriction applies to organizations holding a single /20 block, or an aggregate /20’s worth of IPv4 space. Additional language added to the policy statement aims to remove this ambiguity, clarifying that an organization must hold a /20 or less in aggregate.

Policy Statement:

Update NRPM Section 4.1.8 as follows:

Original Text: “Only organizations holding a /20 or less of IPv4 address space may apply and be approved.“

Updated Text: “Organizations which hold more than a /20 equivalent of IPv4 space in aggregate are not eligible to apply.”

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

Summary (Staff Understanding)

Staff understands that this Editorial Change alters ARIN Waitlist qualification language to state that organizations may only apply for waitlist space if holding a /20 or less in total aggregate.


ARIN Staff Comments

This language is clearly understood as an Editorial Change to remove ambiguity. This codifies current practices within Registration Services and would help avoid ambiguity when vetting requests for waitlist space.

ARIN General Counsel – Legal Assessment

No material legal issue.

Resource Impact

Implementation of this policy would have a solely editorial resource impact. It is estimated that it would take one month to implement, and would require:

  • Staff training
  • Updated guidelines and internal procedures
  • Updated documentation on website

Proposal/Draft Policy Text Assessed: 24 January 2020 Version

History and Earlier Versions

Action Date
Proposal 24 January 2020
Classified as Editorial Change 25 February 2020
Advanced to Board of Trustees 21 April 2020
Adopted 21 May 2020
Implemented 22 September 2020

Advisory Council

Board of Trustees

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