Draft Policy 2010-11: Required Resource Reviews

Status: Abandoned

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Formal introduction on PPML on 20 July 2010

Origin - Policy Proposal 117

Draft Policy - 20 July 2010 (with staff assessment)

Legal assessment - 6 October 2010

Abandoned by the AC - 13 October 2010

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Draft Policy 2010-11
Required Resource Reviews

Version/Date: 20 July 2010

Policy statement:

Replace the text "under sections 4-6" in section 12, paragraph 7 with "under paragraphs 12.4 through 12.6"

Add to section 12 the following text:

10. Except as provided below, resource reviews are conducted at the discretion of the ARIN staff. In any of the circumstances mentioned below, a resource review must be initiated by ARIN staff:

a. Report or discovery of an acquisition, merger, transfer, trade or sale in which the infrastructure and customer base of a network move from one organization to another organization, but, the applicable IP resources are not transferred. In this case, the organization retaining the IP resources must be reviewed. The organization receiving the customers may also be reviewed at the discretion of the ARIN staff.

b. Upon receipt by ARIN of one or more credible reports of fraud or abuse of an IP address block. Abuse shall be defined as use of the block in violation of the RSA or other ARIN policies and shall not extend to include general reports of host conduct which are not within ARIN's scope.

c. In the case where an organization wishes to act as recipient of resources pursuant to a transfer under section 8.3, unless otherwise prohibited by paragraph 12.2(c).

d. An organization which submits a request for additional resources when more than 25% of their existing resources are obscured in SWIP or RWHOIS pursuant to section (residential customer privacy).

e. Other than as specified in 12.10(c), paragraph 12.2(c) does not exempt organizations from the reviews required under section 12.10.


The first change is a minor correction which improves clarity and consistency of the original policy without changing the meaning.

The addition of 12.10 (a) through (e) serves to create a set of circumstances under which a resource review is required, rather than optional and entirely at ARIN staff discretion.

The majority of early comments on this proposal focused on 12.10 (e). Mostly it was confusion about the exact ramifications. This section will cause ARIN to maintain greater scrutiny only in cases where a given ISP issues more than 25% of their total space to residential customers who wish to remain anonymous and receive network blocks of /29 or larger. To the best of my knowledge, there are not currently any ISPs which meet this criteria. Additionally, it would only apply that scrutiny to IPv4, and will not carry forward into IPv6 residential assignments.

This policy should improve the compliance verification of ARIN policies and may result in the improved reclamation of under-utilized IP address space. It should also serve as a deterrent to certain address hoarding tactics which have come to light in recent history.

Timetable for implementation: Immediately upon ratification by the Board