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[ppml] Proposed Policy: IPv6 Direct assignments to end sites

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Policy Proposal Name: IPv6 Direct assignments to end sites

Author: Kevin Loch

Policy Statement:

Changes to NRPM section 6:

add new section 6.5.8:

6.5.8. Direct assignments to end sites.

         6.5.8.1. To qualify for a direct end site assignment, an
                  organization must:

                  a) not be an LIR;

                  b) be an end site;

                  c) be currently multi-homed using IPv6 to two or more
                     separate LIR's. native connections or statically
                     configured tunnels may be used to satisfy this
                     requirement.

                  d) The prefix(es) used by the end site to demonstrate
                     multihoming must be visible in the ARIN whois
                     databse or via rwhois as being assigned to the
                     requesting organization.

         6.5.8.2. Direct assignment size to end sites

                  Organizations that meet the direct end site assignment
                  criteria are eligible to receive a direct assignment of
                  /48

         6.5.8.3. Subsequent direct assignments to end sites

                  Only one direct assignment may be made to an end site
                  organization.

                  End sites that require more than 65536 subnets should
                  request space from an LIR or consider becoming
                  an LIR.

         6.5.8.4. Migration from end site to LIR

                  A direct end site assignment shall not
                  disqualify an organization from becoming an LIR and
                  ceasing to be an end site if it otherwise meets the
                  requirements for an initial allocation.

                  Organizations receiving an LIR allocation must
                  renumber into that allocation and return any direct
                  assignments within 1 year.  Micro allocations made
                  under section 6.10 are not subject to this requirement.

                  An LIR allocation shall disqualify an organization from
                  receiving a direct end site assignment unless it
                  agrees to return all LIR allocations within 1 year.
                  Micro allocations made under section 6.10 are not
                  subject to this requirement.

Rationale:

        The lack of provider independent direct assignments is a
        significant impediment to adoption of IPv6 by enterprises and
        large content sites. This policy proposal defines clear
        verifiable requirements for receiving a direct assignment.

        Current IPv6 multi-homing was chosen as the key requirement for
        the following reasons:

        a) it is reasonable to expect that those reqesting provider
           independence would be connecting to two or more providers.

        b) the requirement of demonstrating current multi-homing will
           promote active deployment of IPv6 by those seeking direct
           assignments.

        It is possible that future technology developments will render
        this policy unnecessary. At this time there are no viable
        alternatives for IPv6 provider independence, other than becoming
        an LIR.

        It is likely that this will help conserve IPv6 address space
        as most organizations requiring provider independence could
        easily qualify for an LIR allocation under current policy.
        Allowing them to apply for the more appropriate /48 is
        responsible resource management.

        This policy can easily be adapted to increase requirements for
        direct assignments if future conditions warrant.  For example,
        the multihoming demonstration requirement could be increased
        to three or four separate LIR's.  Additional verification
        of active current multihoming could be used.  Or, as native
        connectivity becomes widespread the option of tunnel based
        connections for justification could be removed.

        It is extremely unlikely that this will result in a "land rush"
        of direct assignments.  The requirements in this policy require
        more effort than the current requirements for a /32.
        Alternatively, a large number of applications would be a
        good sign of sincere IPv6 deployment due to the requirement
        to be currently multihomed.

Timetable for implementation: Immediately