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[ppml] Policy Proposal 2005-7: Rationalize Multi-Homing Definition and Requirement - last call

The ARIN Advisory Council (AC), acting under the provisions of the ARIN
Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process (IRPEP), has reviewed policy
proposal 2005-7 and has determined that there is community consensus in
favor of the proposal to move it to last call. The AC made this
determination at their meeting at the conclusion of the ARIN Public
Policy meeting on October 27, 2005. The results of the AC meeting were
reported by the Chair of the AC at the member meeting. This report can
be found at
http://www.arin.net/meetings/minutes/ARIN_XVI/mem.html

The AC moved 2005-7 to last call as revised. The AC revised 2005-7 by
adding a third paragraph to the policy statement to modify Section 4.3.2.2.

The policy proposal text is provided below and is also available at
http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2005_7.html

Comments are encouraged. All comments should be provided to
ppml at arin.net. This last call will expire at 12:00 Noon, Eastern Time,
November 15, 2005.

The ARIN Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process can be found at
http://www.arin.net/policy/irpep.html

Regards,

Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)


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Policy Proposal 2005-7: Rationalize Multi-Homing Definition and Requirement

Policy statement

In existing policy 4.2.2.2, replace the phrase "multi-homed
organizations must:" with the phrase "organizations applying under the
multi-homed policy must:"

In existing policy 4.2.2.2.2, replace "Provide information showing that
the requested IP address space will be utilized within three months."
with "Provide information showing that the requested IP address space
will be utilized within three months and demonstrating an intent to
announce the requested space in a multi-homed fasion."

In existing 4.3.2.2, replace "For multihomed end-users, the minimum
block of IP address space assigned is a /22." with "For end-users who
demonstrate an intent to announce the requested space in a multihomed
fashion, the minimum block of IP address space assigned is a /22."

Policy Rationale

Presently, organizations wishing to apply for their first address space
under the multi-homed policy must demonstrate that they have ALREADY
announced a DIFFERENT address block via multi-homing, while
simultaneously promising to renumber out of that same block.

This creates needless make-work for ISPs which are planning to
multi-home, related to old resources which they're already trying to get
out of. Likewise, it creates needless work for both of their upstream
providers, who have to temporarily announce a prefix which DOESN'T NEED
to be multi-homed, solely to demonstrate to ARIN analysts that the
applying ISP is multi-homed. However, this same criterion can be
demonstrated just as effectively by the applying ISP showing the analyst
contracts with multiple ISPs under which the newly-applied-for block
WILL BE multi-homed, and this more accurately reflects the intent of the
original policy, while removing needless make-work at a time when the
applicant is surely already quite busy with the real requirements of
their change-over.