[ppml] Last Call for Comment: Policy Proposal 2002-2
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American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
Policy Proposal 2002-2: Experimental Internet Resource
There have been a number of experimental address allocations
undertaken in the Internet over the past decade. These experimental
address allocations have been made by the IANA in coordination with
the IETF, on an ad hoc basis. There is currently no systematic means
of receiving other Numbering Resources on a temporary basis as part
of a recognized experiment in Internet technology deployment. The
following policy is proposed:
ARIN will allocate Numbering Resources to entities requiring temporary
Numbering Resources for a fixed period of time under the terms of
recognized experimental activity.
"Numbering Resources" refers to unicast IPv4 or IPv6 address
space and Autonomous System numbers.
The following criteria for this policy are proposed:
1. Documentation of recognized experimental activity
A Recognized Experimental Activity is one where the
experiment's objectives and practices are described in a publicly
accessible document. It is a normal requirement that a
Recognized Experimental Activity also includes the undertaking
that the experiment's outcomes be published in a publicly
accessible document at the end of the experiment. The
conditions for determining the end of the experiment are to be
included in the document. Applicants for an experimental
allocation are expected to demonstrate an understanding that
when the experiment ends, the allocation will be returned; a
successful experiment may need a new allocation under normal
policies in order to continue in production or commercial use, but
will not retain the experimental allocation.
A "publicly accessible document" is a document that is
publicly and openly available free of charges and free of
any constraints of disclosure.
ARIN will not recognize an experimental activity under this policy
if the entire research experiment cannot be publicly disclosed.
ARIN has a strong preference for the recognition of experimental
activity documentation in the form of a document which has
been approved for publication by the IESG or by a similar
mechanism as implemented by the IETF.
2. Technical Coordination
ARIN requires that a recognized experimental activity is able to
demonstrate that the activity is technically coordinated.
Technical coordination specifically includes consideration of
any potential negative impact of the proposed experiment
on the operation of the Internet and its deployed services,
and consideration of any related experimental activity.
ARIN will review planned experimental activities to ensure that
they are technically coordinated. This review will be conducted
with ARIN and/or third-party expertise and will include liaison
with the IETF.
3. Coordination over Resource Use
When the IETF's standards development process proposes a
change in the use of Numbering Resources on an experimental
basis the IETF should use a liaison mechanism with the Regional
Internet Registries (RIRs) of this proposal. The RIRs will jointly
or severally respond to the IETF using the same liaison
4. Resource Allocation Term and Renewal
The Numbering Resources are allocated on a lease/license basis
for a period of one year. The allocation can be renewed on
application to ARIN providing information as per Detail One. The
identity and details of the applicant and the allocated Numbering
Resources will be published under the conditions of ARIN's
normal publication policy. At the end of the experiment,
resources allocated under this policy will be returned to the
5. Single Resource Allocation per Experiment
ARIN will make one-off allocations only, on an annual basis to
any applicant. Additional allocations to an organization already
holding experimental activity resources relating to the specified
activity outside the annual cycle will not be made unless justified
by a subsequent complete application.
It's important for the requesting organization to ensure
they have sufficient resources requested as part of their
initial application for the proposed experimental use.
6. Resource Allocation Fees
ARIN may charge an administration fee to cover each allocation
made of these experimental resources. This fee simply covers
registration and maintenance, rather than the full allocation
process for standard ARIN members. This administration fee
should be as low as possible as these requests do not have to
undergo the same evaluation process as those requested in the
normal policy environment.
7. Resource Allocation Size
The Numbering Resources requested come from the global
Internet Resource space, and are not from private or other non-
routable Internet Resource space. The allocation size should be
consistent with the existing ARIN minimum allocation sizes,
unless small allocations are intended to be explicitly part of the
experiment. If an organization requires more resource than
stipulated by the minimum allocation sizes in force at the time of
their request, their experimental documentation should have
clearly described and justified why this is required.
8. Commercial Use Prohibited
If there is any evidence that the temporary resource is being
used for commercial purposes, or is being used for any activities
not documented in the original experiment description provided
to ARIN, ARIN reserves the right to immediately withdraw the
resource and reassign it to the free pool.
9. Resource Request Appeal or Arbitration
ARIN reserves the ability to assess and comment on the
objectives of the experiment with regard to the requested
amount of Numbering Resources and its technical coordination.
ARIN reserves the ability to modify the requested allocation as
appropriate, and in agreement with the proposer. In the event
that the proposed modifications are not acceptable, the
requesting organization may request an appeal or arbitration
using the normal ARIN procedures. In this case, the original
proposer of the experimental activity may be requested to
provide additional information regarding the experiment, its
objectives and the manner of technical coordination, to assist in
the resolution of the appeal.