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Policy Proposal 2002-2: Experimental Internet Resource Allocations - Previous Version

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This version of the proposal text is from April 4, 2003:

There have been a number of experimental address allocations undertaken in the Internet over the past decade. These experimental address allocations have been made by the IANA in coordination with the IETF, on an ad hoc basis. There is currently no systematic means of receiving other Numbering Resources on a temporary basis as part of a recognized experiment in Internet technology deployment. The following policy is proposed:

ARIN will allocate Numbering Resources to entities requiring temporary Numbering Resources for a fixed period of time under the terms of recognized experimental activity.

"Numbering Resources" refers to unicast IPv4 or IPv6 address space and Autonomous System numbers.

The following criteria for this policy are proposed:

1. Documentation of recognized experimental activity

A Recognized Experimental Activity is one where the experiment's objectives and practices are described in a publicly accessible document. It is a normal requirement that a Recognized Experimantal Activity also includes the undertaking that the experiment's outcomes also be published in a publically accessible document.

A "publically accessible document" is a document that is publicly and openly available free of charges and free of any constraints of disclosure.

ARIN will not recognize an experimental activity under this policy if the entire research experiment cannot be publicly disclosed.

ARIN has a strong preference for the recognition of experimental activity documentation in the form of a document which has achieved "IETF consensus" as described in RFC 2434.

2. Technical Coordination

ARIN requires that a recognized experimental activity is able to demonstrate that the activity is technically coordinated.

Technical coordination specifically includes consideration of any potential negative impact of the propsed experiment on the operation of the Internet and its deployed services, and consideration of any related experimental activity.

ARIN will review planned experimental activities to ensure that they are technically coordinated. This review will be conducted with ARIN and/or third-party expertise and will include liaison with the IETF.

3. Coordination over Resource Use

When the IETF's standards development process proposes a change in the use of Numbering Resources on an experimental basis the IETF should use a liaison mechanism with the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) of this proposal. The RIRs will jointly or severally respond to the IETF using the same liaison mechanism.

4. Resource Allocation Term and Renewal

The Numbering Resources are allocated on a lease/license basis for a period of one year. The allocation can be renewed on application to ARIN providing information as per Detail One. The identity and details of the applicant and the allocated Numbering Resources will be published under the conditions of ARIN's normal publication policy.

5. Single Resource Allocation per Experiment

ARIN will make one-off allocations only, on an annual basis to any applicant. Additional allocations to an organization already holding experimental activity resources relating to the specified activity outside the annual cycle will not be made unless justified by a subsequent complete application.

It's important for the requesting organization to ensure they have sufficient resources requested as part of their initial application for the proposed experimental use.

6. Resource Allocation Fees

ARIN may charge an administration fee to cover each allocation made of these experimental resources. This fee simply covers registration and maintenance, rather than the full allocation process for standard ARIN members. This administration fee should be as low as possible as these requests do not have to undergo the same evaluation process as those requested in the normal policy environment.

7. Resource Allocation Size

The Numbering Resources requested come from the global Internet Resource space, and are not from private or other non-routable Internet Resource space. The allocation size should be consistent with the existing ARIN minimum allocation sizes, unless small allocations are intended to be explicitly part of the experiment. If an organization requires more resource than stipulated by the minimum allocation sizes in force at the time of their request, their experimental documentation should have clearly described and justified why this is required.

8. Commercial Use Prohibited

If there is any evidence that the temporary resource is being used for commercial purposes, or is being used for any activities not documented in the original experiment description provided to ARIN, ARIN reserves the right to immediately withdraw the resource and reassign it to the free pool.

9. Resource Request Appeal or Arbitration

ARIN reserves the ability to assess and comment on the objectives of the experiment with regard to the requested amount of Numbering Resources and its technical coordination. ARIN reserves the ability to modify the requested allocation as appropriate, and in agreement with the proposer. In the event that the proposed modifications are not acceptable, the requesting organization may request an appeal or arbitration using the normal ARIN procedures. In this case, the original proposer of the experimental activity may be requested to provide additional information regarding the experiment, its objectives and the manner of technical coordination, to assist in the resolution of the appeal.

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This is the orginal policy proposal text:

There have been a number of experimental address allocations undertaken in the Internet over the past decade. These experimental address allocations have been made by the IANA in coordination with standards bodies, such as the IETF, on an ad hoc basis. There is currently no systematic means of receiving other Numbering Resources on a temporary basis as part of a recognised experiment in Internet technology deployment. The following policy is proposed:

The RIRs will allocate Numbering Resources to entities requiring temporary Numbering Resources for a fixed period of time under the terms of recognised experimental activity.

The following criteria for this policy are proposed:

1. Public Disclosure of Experimental Requests

The organisation requesting the resources will have to detail what experimental work they are going to carry out. Such detail can usually be made either:

  • by submitting a proposal that references a current IETF Experimental RFC (Detail Two), or
  • by submitting an 'experiment proposal' detailing what resources are required, and what activities will be carried out (Detail Three).

Such experimental proposals will, in the normal course of events be made public upon acceptance of the proposal by an RIR. Consideration will be given to non-disclosure constraints, but this is anticipated to be a prohibitive constraint upon the use of public Numbering Resources, even in an experimental context. The RIR will not allocate resources if the entire research experiment cannot be publicly disclosed as per Details Two and Three following.

2. Resource Coordination with Standards Development Bodies

The IETF from time to time describes experimental activities and associated requirements for resources that will be required by participants in the experiment. It is considered as being acceptable for the organisation to reference a current Experimental RFC and indicate the organisation's participation in the experiment.

Organisations such as the IETF, who describe experimental activities as part of their standards development process, need to consider the associated Numbering Resource requirements with any proposed experiment, and under this proposal will need to liaise with the RIRs as part of the process of publishing a draft as an experimental RFC.

3. Resource Coordination with Independent Experiments

For experimental proposals not covered by Detail Two, the RIR will require the experiment's aims and objectives to be published in a publicly accessible document.

The RIRs have a strong preference for the use of an Experimental RFC published through the IETF, but will accept other publication mechanisms where the experiment's objectives and practices are publicly and openly available free of charges and free of any constraints of disclosure.

The RIRs would also normally require that the experiment's outcomes be published in an openly and freely available document, again free of charges and free of any constraints of disclosure.

4. Resource Allocation Term and Renewal

The Numbering Resources are allocated on a lease/license basis for a period of one year. The allocation can be renewed on application to the issuing RIR providing information as per in Detail One. The identity and details of the applicant and the allocated Numbering Resources will be published under the conditions of the RIR's normal publication policy (for example, listed as a temporary allocation in the RIR's database).

5. Single Resource Allocation per Experiment

The RIR will make one-off allocations only, on an annual basis. Additional allocations outside the annual cycle will not be made unless justified by a subsequent complete application. It's important for the requesting organisation to ensure they have sufficient resources requested as part of their initial application for the proposed experimental use.

6. Resource Allocation Fees

Each RIR may charge an administration fee to cover each allocation made of these experimental resources. This fee simply covers registration and maintenance, rather than the full allocation process for standard RIR members. This administration fee should be as low as possible as these requests do not have to undergo the same evaluation process as those requested in the normal policy environment.

7. Resource Allocation Size

The Numbering Resources requested come from the global Internet Resource space, and are not from private or other non-routable Internet Resource space. The allocation size should be consistent with the existing RIR minimum allocation sizes, unless small allocations are intended to be explicitly part of the experiment. If an organisation requires more resource than stipulated by the minimum allocation sizes in force at the time of their request, they should include in their research proposal why this is required.

8. Commercial Use Prohibited

If there is any evidence that the temporary resource is being used for commercial purposes, or is being used for any activities not documented in the original experiment description provided to the RIR, the issuing RIR reserves the right to immediately withdraw the resource and reassign it to the free pool.

9. Resource Request Appeal or Arbitration

The RIRs should be in a position to assess and comment on the objectives of the experiment with regard to the requested amount of Numbering Resources. The issuing RIR should be able to modify the requested allocation as appropriate, and in agreement with the proposer. In the event that the proposed modifications are not acceptable, the requesting organization may request an appeal or arbitration using the normal procedures of the RIR. In this case, the original standards body that endorsed the experimental action may be requested to provide additional information regarding the experiment and its objectives to assist in the resolution of the appeal.

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