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Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2017-10: Repeal of Immediate Need for IPv4 Address Space (NRPM Section 4.2.1.6)
Status:

Pending Board of Trustees Review

 
Discussion Tracking
Mailing List:
Formal introduction on PPML on 21 November 2017

Origin - ARIN-prop-245
Draft Policy - 21 November 2017
Recommended - 20 February 2018
Moved to Last Call - 23 April 2018
Moved to Board for Review - 22 May 2018

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ARIN Public Policy Meeting:
ARIN Advisory Council:

AC Shepherds:
Andrew Dul, Chris Woodfield

ARIN Board of Trustees:
Revisions Implementation

Version Date: 20 February 2018

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

This recommended draft proposal is technically sound and is fair and impartial number policy. The draft policy removes the immediate need policy which is now inoperative as the IPv4 free pool is empty and ARIN does not have the ability to provide space within the 30 day requirement for which this policy was originally intended.

Problem Statement:

Section 4.2.1.6 of the ARIN Numbering Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) provides that an ISP having an immediate need for IPv4 address space that will be utilized within thirty days of a request may obtain a block of IPv4 address space of the size specified in section 4.2.1.6 from ARIN on an exceptional basis. However, as noted in the ARIN 40 Policy Experience Report, since IPv4 exhaustion, obtaining IPv4 addresses in this manner is no longer possible as a practical matter. Instead an ISP must join the waiting list and wait until it reaches the front of the queue to obtain any IPv4 address space, however long that may take. In effect, section 4.2.1.6 is non-operative. Accordingly, its continued presence in the NRPM is misleading and confusing.

Policy Statement:

Section 4.2.1.6 of the NRPM is hereby repealed and section number 4.2.1.6 is hereby retired.

Section 4.3.4 - Remove phrase "Immediate need [4.2.1.6] or"

Section 4.5, Item 7 - Remove phrase "unless the organization can demonstrate additional need using the immediate need criteria (4.2.1.6)"

Comments:

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

Anything Else: Given the constraints created by the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, this proposal does not require any changes in the current ARIN practices for the allocation of IPv4 address space.

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Earlier Version

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Version Date: 21 November 2017

Problem Statement:

Section 4.2.1.6 of the ARIN Numbering Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) provides that an ISP having an immediate need for IPv4 address space that will be utilized within thirty days of a request may obtain a block of IPv4 address space of the size specified in section 4.2.1.6 from ARIN on an exceptional basis. However, as noted in the ARIN 40 Policy Experience Report, since IPv4 exhaustion, obtaining IPv4 addresses in this manner is no longer possible as a practical matter. Instead an ISP must join the waiting list and wait until it reaches the front of the queue to obtain any IPv4 address space, however long that may take. In effect, section 4.2.1.6 is non-operative. Accordingly, its continued presence in the NRPM is misleading and confusing.

Policy statement: 

Section 4.2.1.6 of the NRPM is hereby repealed and section number 4.2.1.6 is hereby retired.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

Comments: Given the constraints created by the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, this proposal does not require any changes in the current ARIN practices for the allocation of IPv4 address space.

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ARIN STAFF & LEGAL ASSESSMENT

Draft Policy ARIN-2017-10

Repeal of Immediate Need for IPv4 Address Space (NRPM Section 4.2.1.6)

https://arin.net/policy/proposals/2017_10.html

Date of Assessment:  2 February 2018

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1.  Summary (Staff Understanding)

Draft Policy 2017-10 removes section 4.2.1.6 Immediate Need. Section 4.2.1.6 requires justification to show that the address space requested will be utilized within 30 days of the request. The free pool depleted in September 2015 and ARIN does not have the ability of providing address space within 30 days making it impossible to approve a request under this section. These cases were already exceptional.

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2.  Comments

A.  ARIN Staff Comments

* Removal of section 4.2.1.6 Immediate Need from the ARIN NRPM will mean that customers may no longer request space to be used within 30 days of the request. All requests since the depletion of the free pool have been disapproved since it was impossible to even provide address space within 30 days.

* In addition to removing section 4.2.1.6, the NRPM will also require updates to the following sections which reference Immediate Need:

                1. End-users-Assignments: Section 4.3.4 Additional considerations references Immediate Need

                2. Section 4.5 Multiple Discrete Networks, item 7 references Immediate Need.

* This policy could be implemented as written.

B.  ARIN General Counsel – Legal Assessment

* Does not create material legal issues.

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3.  Resource Impact

Implementation of this policy would have minimal resource impact. It is estimated that implementation could occur within 3 months after ratification by the ARIN Board of Trustees. The following would be needed in order to implement.

* Updated guidelines and internal procedures

* Staff training

* Minimal engineering work will be required

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4. Proposal/Draft Policy Text Assessed

Draft Policy 2017-10: Repeal of Immediate Need for IPv4 Address Space (NRPM 4.2.1.6) Require New POC Validation Upon Reassignment

Version Date: 21 November 2017

Problem Statement:

Section 4.2.1.6 of the ARIN Numbering Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) provides that an ISP having an immediate need for IPv4 address space that will be utilized within thirty days of a request may obtain a block of IPv4 address space of the size specified in section 4.2.1.6 from ARIN on an exceptional basis. However, as noted in the ARIN 40 Policy Experience Report, since IPv4 exhaustion, obtaining IPv4 addresses in this manner is no longer possible as a practical matter. Instead an ISP must join the waiting list and wait until it reaches the front of the queue to obtain any IPv4 address space, however long that may take. In effect, section 4.2.1.6 is non-operative. Accordingly, its continued presence in the NRPM is misleading and confusing.

Policy statement:

Section 4.2.1.6 of the NRPM is hereby repealed and section number 4.2.1.6 is hereby retired.

Comments: Given the constraints created by the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses, this proposal does not require any changes in the current ARIN practices for the allocation of IPv4 address space.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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