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[ppml] Policy Proposal: IPv6 Policy Housekeeping

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Policy Proposal Name: IPv6 Policy Housekeeping

Author: Leo Bicknell

Proposal Version: 1.0

Submission Date: 8/17/2007

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Change A:

    Remove the text between the section 6 header and the section 6.1
    header.  Remove section 6.1 entirely.  Update all subsequent
    sections to have new section numbers (6.[n-1]).

Change B:

    Move the image in section 6.2 to section 2.

    Remove sections 6.2.1 to 6.2.6.

Change C:

    Move section 6.2.7 to (new) section 2.8, subheading "IPv6".

    Create section 2.8, subheading "IPv4", containing the following text:

        In IPv4, utilization is the percentage of the address space
        allocated or assigned relative to the total address space.

Change D:

    Move section 6.2.8 to (new) section 2.8.
    Move section 6.2.9 to (new) section 2.9.

    As this leaves section 6.2 empty, remove section 6.2.  Update
    all subsequent sections to have new section numbers (6.[n-1]).


Change E:

    Remove section 6.3.  Update all subsequent sections to have new
    section numbers (6.[n-1]).

Change F:

    Remove section 6.4.1.  Update all subsequent sections to have new
    section numbers (6.4.[n-1]).

Change G:

    Remove section 6.4.2.  Update all subsequent sections to have new
    section numbers (6.4.[n-1]).

Change H:

    Remove section 6.4.4.

Change I:

    In section 6.5.1.1.d, replace the existing statement with the new
    statement:

        "be an existing, known ISP in the ARIN region or have a plan for
         making at least 200 end-site assignments to other organizations
         within 5 years."

Change J:

    Remove section 6.5.3 entirely.  Update all subsequent sections to
    have new section numbers (6.5.[n-1]).

    Replace part of the text as (new) section 6.5.4.4:

        "All /56 and larger assignments to end sites are required to be
         registered either by the LIR or its subordinate ISPs in
         such a way that the RIR/NIR can properly evaluate the
         HD-Ratio when a subsequent allocation becomes necessary."

Change K:

    Section 6.5.8.2, add the following sentence to the end of the first
    paragraph:

        "An HD-Ratio of .94 must be met for all assignments larger than
         a /48."

    Add to the end of the second paragraph:

        "This reservation may be assigned to other organizations
        later, at ARIN's discretion."

Change L:

    Section 6.5.8.3, add a sentence between the two existing sentences:

        "Justification will be determined based on the .94 HD-Ratio
        metric."

Change M:

    Remove section 6.6.  Update all subsequent sections to have new
    section numbers (6.[n-1]).

Change N:

    Change the title of section 6.7 from "Appendix A: HD-Ratio" to
    "HD-Ratio".

Change O:

    Remove section 6.8.  Update all subsequent sections to have new
    section numbers (6.[n-1]).

Rationale:

When the IPv6 policy was passed, it was considered to be an "interim"
policy, and it was intended to be similar in all 5 RIR's.  Since that
time it has become clear the policy is no longer interim (and proposal
2007-4 was passed to change just that) and it has also been modified
separately in the different RIR's.

It was brought to the ARIN AC's attention that there were a number of
problems with "Section 6" of the NRPM as a result of this legacy:

* The policy contained a large number of items that were not policy.
* The policy contained a few items that were self contradictory.
* The added text was redundant in some cases with existing text.
* The policy was overly vague in a few areas, leaving ARIN staff to
   have to make interpretations of what the policy intended.
* Policy changes made since the initial IPv6 policy was adopted have
   not always updated all of the relevant sections due to the complexity
   of section 6.

The intent of these changes is not to change any existing policy, but
rather to remove all non-policy items, and update any ambiguous items
with the way that ARIN staff is currently interprets the policy.

Change A:

    Not policy.  Unnecessary.  Confusing (policy is interim).

Change B:

    Sections 6.2.1 to 6.2.6 are definitions that are already defined in
    section 2.1 to 2.7  Repeating them here is unnecessary.  The picture
    is useful though, and should be moved to section 2 as part of the
    definitions.

Change C:

    This is a definition item, and should be in the definition section.
    Also, the v4 versions should be defined at the same time.

Change D:

    These are both definitions that should be in the definitions section.

Change E:

    This is a manifesto, and is not address policy.  If anything these
    belong is ARIN's mission statement.

Change F:

    Not policy; covered by the RSA as a legal matter.

Change G:

    Not policy.  A darn good warning though ARIN should include with
    any other boilerplate when issuing address space.

Change H:

    Not policy, and covered by actual policy statement 6.5.1.2.

Change I:

    Proposal 2005-8 amended section 6.5.4.1 to allow /56 and /64
    allocations, but section 6.5.1.1.d was never updated to match
    the change.  It is believed the intent of the policy, and ARIN
    staff's current interpretation of the policy match the updated
    text.

Change J:

    The first part is not policy, and incorrectly states there is no
    policy as section 6.5.4 has the policy in it.  Take the one useful
    part and make it part of the 6.5.4 criteria.

Change K:

    No metric is currently listed to justify a larger initial
    assignment.  It is believed ARIN staff is currently applying
    the HD-Ratio similar to the ISP policy, this puts that in writing.

    Make it clear that the reservation may not exist in perpetuity.

Change L:

    No metric is given to justify additional assignments.  It is
    believed that ARIN staff is currently applying the HD_Ratio
    similar to the ISP policy, this puts that in writing.

Change M:

    References, while useful on the web page and in template instructions
    are not policy.

Change N:

    It's not an appendix.  It's not even at the end.

Change O:

    The background information would be something nice to archive on the
    ARIN web site somewhere, but is not policy and should be removed from
    the policy manual.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate.