ARIN-prop-277: LIR/ISP Re-Assignment to Non-Connected Networks

Proposal Originator: Kiran Malancharuvil

Problem Statement:

Businesses have a need to lease IPv4 space for limited periods of time, as evidenced by a robust (technically prohibited) subleasing market. The lack of legitimization of the subleasing market hinders innovation, research, reporting, and the development of rules/industry best practices to ensure identifiability and contactability.

Policy Statement:

ORIGINAL POLICY LANGUAGE

2.4. Local Internet Registry (LIR)

A Local Internet Registry (LIR) is an IR that primarily assigns address space to the users of the network services that it provides. LIRs are generally Internet Service Providers (ISPs), whose customers are primarily end users and possibly other ISPs.

PROPOSED POLICY LANGUAGE

A Local Internet Registry (LIR) is an IR that primarily assigns address space to the users of the network services that it provides. LIRs are generally Internet Service Providers (ISPs), whose customers are primarily end users and possibly other ISPs. LIRs may also assign address space to other organizations or customers that request it for use in an operational network.

ORIGINAL POLICY LANGUAGE

8.5.2 Operational Use

ARIN allocates or assigns number resources to organizations via transfer solely for the purpose of use on an operational network.

PROPOSED POLICY LANGUAGE

Option 1 : Remove 8.5.2 entirely

Option 2 : Edit as follows

8.5.2 Operational Use

ARIN allocates or assigns number resources to organizations via transfer solely primarily for the purpose of use on an operational network, but may allocate or assign number resources to organizations for other purposes, including re-assignment to non-connected networks .

Timetable for Implementation: ASAP

Anything Else:

The legitimization of a subleasing market for IPv4 has numerous business and community benefits, including (but not limited to): - Allowing organizations to efficiently utilize IPv4 space without transferring space permanently; - Allowing organizations to obtain IPv4 space for a limited time in order to facilitate transition to IPv6; - Allowing organizations to develop enforceable acceptable use policies in a previously lawless illegitimate space; - Allowing the community to develop reporting and recording standards and/or best practices to the benefit of preserving the integrity of IPv4 address space. - We would like to engage further with the ARIN community to discuss the current state of the unauthorized subleasing market, and how this proposed policy change would both update ARIN policies to reflect the reality of the subleasing market, and positively address business and community concerns.