ARIN-prop-267: Elimination of the Waiting List

Proposal Originator: Milton Mueller

Problem Statement:

The ARIN "Unfulfilled Requests" policy (NRPM 4.1.8 et seq) creates an opportunity for an ARIN member to claim need for number resources, wait for those resources to become available via returns or reclamations, acquire them, wait a year and a day, and then profit from them via a Section 8.3 transfer.

In a post-depletion environment in which needs for additional number resources are met via the secondary market, this policy provides valuable number resources essentially for free, creating an opportunity for windfall profits and incentivizing various kinds of misrepresentation or manipulation of registration services.

ARIN can avoid this problem by abolishing the waiting list and transferring returned and reclaimed resources to organizations that have qualified via the existing 8.3 process.

Policy Statement:

Delete section 4.1.8. Unmet Requests as well as sections 4.1.8.1. Waiting List and 4.1.8.2. Fulfilling Unmet Needs

Add policy section: 4.1.10 - Returned and Reclaimed Resources

ARIN will auction returned and reclaimed IPv4 number resources to recipients qualified under Section 8.3. Revenues realized from this activity will be allocated for purposes as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

Anything Else:

The specific auction methods and implementation details used to distribute the returned address pool are outside of the purview of the Public Policy Process; they are intentionally left to the Board to sort out.