ARIN-prop-295: Replace the Image in Section 2 With a Textual Description

Date: 19 November 2020

Proposal Originator: Peter Jin

Problem Statement:

The beginning of Section 2 in the NRPM shows a diagram of how addressing responsibility is delegated. However, this image does not appear to have a description or even alt text, and the actual text is not selectable. This could have accessibility implications, especially for blind people, if the NRPM is converted to plain text, or if the NRPM is translated into another language.

Policy Statement:


Replace the lead section of Section 2 with the following:

Responsibility for management of address spaces is distributed globally in accordance with the following procedures:

  • Global address space management is performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). IANA distributes address space to RIRs (AfriNIC, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, and the RIPE NCC), but not directly to ISPs or end users.
  • RIRs, such as ARIN, distribute address space to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and directly to end-user organizations.
  • ISPs may further delegate address space to other ISPs, as well as to other end-user organizations.

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate