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[ppml] Policy Proposal: ISP to LIR Clarification

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Policy Proposal Name: ISP to LIR Clarification

Author: Leo Bicknell

Proposal Version: 1.0

Submission Date: 8/17/2007

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Replace all instances of the word "ISP" in the NRPM with the word "LIR"
and replace all instances of the phrase "LIR/ISP" with "LIR", except for
the following:

* Leave section 2.4 unchanged.
* Leave section 2.7 unchanged.
* In section 4.1.1, replace "ISPs" with "requesters".
* In section 4.2, also remove "Internet Service Providers".
* Leave section 6.2.4 unchanged.
* Leave section 6.3.4 unchanged.
* In section 6.9, replace "ISPs and LIRs" with "LIRs" for all three
occurrence.

Rationale:

The NRPM is inconsistent.  The terms ISP and LIR are used
interchangeably throughout the document, with the term ISP being
predominant in the IPv4 sections and the term LIR being predominant in
the IPv6 sections.

The use of the term ISP poses two different problems:

1) The term has meaning outside of ARIN's policy.  Multiple discussions
    on PPML have degenerated over people arguing what an ISP is with
    regards to policy when the reality is that the relationship is
    defined in the NRPM.  As LIR has no meaning outside of policy
    this confusion will be removed.

2) The other four RIRs have standardized on LIR.  This change will make
    it easier for those doing business with more than one LIR to use
    consistent terms.

This change does not alter any policy, it merely makes the policy easier
to understand.

Timetable for implementation:  immediate