Draft Policy 2009-5: IPv6 Multiple Discrete Networks

Status: NRPM Section 6.11

Tracking Information

Discussion Tracking

Mailing List:

Formal introduction on PPML on 21 July 2009

Origin - Policy Proposal 84: IPv6 Multiple Discrete Networks

Draft Policy - 21 July 2009 (with staff assessment)

Last call - 28 October through 13 November 2009

AC recommened Board adopt - 24 November 2009

Adopted and implemented - 13 January 2010

Public Policy Mailing List

ARIN Public Policy Meeting:


ARIN Advisory Council:

AC Shepherds:
Heather Schiller and Owen DeLong


ARIN Board of Trustees:

18 December 2009



13 January 2010

Draft Policy 2009-5

IPv6 Multiple Discrete Networks

Version/Date: 21 July 2009  

Policy statement:

Organizations with multiple discrete IPv6 networks desiring to request new or additional address space under a single Organization ID must meet the following criteria:

  1. The organization shall be a single entity and not a consortium of smaller independent entities.
  2. The organization must have compelling criteria for creating discrete networks.
    Examples of a discrete network might include:
    • Regulatory restrictions for data transmission,
    • Geographic distance and diversity between networks,
    • Autonomous multihomed discrete networks.
  3. The organization must keep detailed records on how it has allocated space to each location, including the date of each allocation.
  4. The organization should notify ARIN at the time of the request their desire to apply this policy to their account.
  5. Requests for additional space:
    1. Organization must specify on the application which discreet network(s) the request applies to
    2. Each network will be judged against the existing utilization criteria specified in 6.5.2 as if it were a separate organization, rather than collectively as would be done for requests outside of this policy.


This proposed policy is suggested as NRPM 6.11.

The policy is intended to provide parity between current IPv4 policy and allow discrete network operators to obtain IPv6 space.

Timetable for implementation: Immediately