[ppml] Policy Proposal: Decreasing Exponential Rationing of IPv4 IP Addresses
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Policy Proposal Name: Decreasing Exponential Rationing of IPv4 IP Addresses
Author: Dean Anderson
Proposal Version: 1
Submission Date: 8/18/07
Proposal type: new
Policy term: renewable
ARIN will ration the remaining available IP Address Space according to a
decreasing exponential function in the family of e^(-x), where the
ultimate function and factors are chosen to ensure that the remaining IP
address space lasts for at least 10 years.
This function will be used to limit the IP Address space allocations.
If IP Address Space becomes available (e.g. via return), the ration can
be recalculated. However, Ration calculations will not be based on
projected or anticipated returns. Contested IP Address Space will also
be excluded from the amount of available Address Space for ration
Two reports[1,2] project that IP Addresses will be exhausted around
* Both reports agree that if IP Addresses continue to delegated at the
present rates, we will run out of space in March 2010.
* Everyone seems to agree that depletion will be a very bad event.
* It is therefore imperative to begin rationing to slow down the rate of
new delegations to conserve the available address space.
* It is necessary to do this now. One can't start rationing after the
resources run out.
Sudden IPv4 IP Address Exhaustion is expected to cause sudden disruption
and discontinuity in business operations and planning. As with other
limited resources, the mere anticipation of exhaustion will lead to
hoarding and other behaviors that increase the harm of a sudden exhaustion.
Rationing on a decreasing exponential will essentially prevent total
exhaustion and will gradually decrease the rate of IP Address delegation
so to alleviate the harms of a sudden stop in IP Address delegation.
Prevention of IPv4 IP Address Exhaustion will help ensure a smooth
transition to IPV6.
Rationing helps ensures that IP Address space remains available to
Timetable for implementation: Immediate