Policy 2001-3: Micro-Allocation Policy

Status: Adopted - NRPM Section 4.4

Tracking Information

Discussion Tracking

Mailing List:

Formal introduction on PPML on 26 September 2001

IPv6 Working Group Mailing List Public Policy Mailing List

ARIN Public Policy Meeting:


ARIN Advisory Council:

30 October 2001

ARIN Board of Trustees:

11 December 2001
05 June 2002






ARIN will make micro-allocations to critical infrastructure providers of the Internet, including public exchange points, core DNS service providers (e.g. ICANN-sanctioned root, gTLD, and ccTLD operators) as well as the RIRs and IANA. These allocations will be no longer than a /24 using IPv4 or a /48 using IPv6. Multiple allocations may be granted in certain situations.

Exchange point allocations MUST be allocated from specific blocks reserved only for this purpose. All other micro-allocations WILL be allocated out of other blocks reserved for micro-allocation purposes. ARIN will make a list of these blocks publicly available.

Exchange point operators must provide justification for the allocation, including: connection policy, location, other participants (minimum of two total), ASN, and contact information. ISPs and other organizations receiving these micro-allocations will be charged under the ISP fee schedule, while end-users will be charged under the fee schedule for end-users. This policy does not preclude exchange point operators from requesting address space under other policies.

Note: This policy makes obsolete the former micro-allocation policy.