ARIN-prop-189 Allocation of IPv4 and IPv6 Address Space to Out-of-region Requestors

Proposal Originator: Terri Stumme

Date: 17 May 2013

Problem Statement:

At ARIN 31 in Bridgetown, Barbados, during the Policy Implementation and Experience Report, Leslie Nobile, Director, Registration Compliance, reported to the community a rapid increase in foreign entities seeking IPv4 address space. These entities are establishing "shell" companies in the US to meet ARIN's requirement of legal presence in the ARIN region. One concern regarding this matter is the rapid depletion of IPv4 space. A second concern, particularly from a public safety, operational abuse and law enforcement perspective, is an environment that presents a major challenge to law enforcement investigations, another opportunity for criminals and unscrupulous organizations who can manipulate the system and acquire large blocks of ARIN IP address space (perhaps from every RIR if there is no policy in place in other regions disallowing this activity) that can be utilized for nefarious purposes. Lastly, allocating/assigning entities/organizations outside of the ARIN region with ARIN IP addresses is in direct contravention of the Regional Internet Registry system and could lead to the disintegration of the current model.

Policy Statement:

Any entity (individual or organization) requesting ARIN issued IP blocks must provide ARIN with proof of an established legal presence in the designated ARIN region of no less than six months, and have a majority of their technical infrastructure and customers in the designated ARIN region. This requirement applies to both IPv4 and IPv6, and should be implemented immediately.