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[ppml] Policy Proposal: IPv6 Assignment Guidelines

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Policy Proposal Name: IPv6 Assignment Guidelines

Author: Leo Bicknell

Proposal Version: 1.0

Submission Date: 8/17/2007

Proposal type: new

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Replace the text in section 6.5.4.1 with the following text:

LIR's may assign blocks in the range of /48 to /64 to end sites.
All assignments made by LIR's should meet a minimum HD-Ratio of .25.

* /64 - Site needing only a single subnet.
* /60 - Site with 2-3 subnets initially.
* /56 - Site with 4-7 subnets initially.
* /52 - Site with 8-15 subnets initially.
* /48 - Site with 16+ subnets initially.

For end sites to whom reverse DNS will be delegated, the LIR/ISP should
consider making an assignment on a nibble (4-bit) boundary to simplify
reverse lookup delegation.

LIR's do not need to issue all 5 sizes of prefixes as long as the
HD-Ratio requirement is met.

Rationale:

The existing section 6.5.4.1 does not provide clear guidance on how
large of a prefix to allocate to a site.  This makes it difficult for
LIR's to know they are in compliance with the rules, and makes it harder
for ARIN staff to evaluate requests per the communities wishes.

This policy is based on an HD Ratio of .25 for end sites.  The following
table may be useful:

Prefix Size    Number of Subnets     Required in Use to Meet .25
-----------    -----------------     ---------------------------
/64            1                     1
/60            16                    2
/56            256                   4
/52            4096                  8
/48            65536                 16

It is believed this policy provides clear guidance while allowing LIR's
to make generous allocations to their end-sites.

Timetable for implementation: immediate for new requests, 2 year grace
period for all existing assignments.