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

On August 31, 2005, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) concluded its review
of proposed policy "Rationalize Multi-Homing Definition and Requirement"
and agreed to forward it as a formal proposal for discussion by the
community. This proposal is designated 2005-7: Rationalize Multi-Homing
Definition and Requirement. The policy proposal text is below and can be
found at: http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2005_7.html

All persons in the community are encouraged to discuss Policy Proposal
2005-7 in the weeks leading to the ARIN Public Policy Meeting in Los
Angeles, CA, scheduled for October 26-27. Both the discussion on the
PPML and at the public policy meeting will be used to determine the
community consensus regarding this policy proposal.

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

ARIN's Policy Proposal Archive can be found at:
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Regards,

Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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

Author: Robert Seastrom

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."

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.