[ppml] Policy Proposal: Definition of known ISP and changes to IPv6 initial allocation criteria
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Policy Proposal Name: Definition of known ISP and changes to IPv6
initial allocation criteria
Author: Kevin Loch
Proposal Version: 1
Submission Date: 2007-07-27
Proposal type: new
Policy term: permanent
Add the following section 6.2.10:
6.2.10 Existing ISP
An existing ISP is an organization which meets the following
1. Has IPv4 or IPv6 address space directly allocated
by ARIN; or
2. Has at least a total of an IPv4 /23 or an IPv6 /44 of address
space reallocated to them via SWIP by one or more upstream
Address space directly assigned from ARIN or reassigned from
upstream ISPs does not count towards these requirements.
Replace 126.96.36.199 (d) with the following text:
d. be an existing ISP in the ARIN region or have a plan for
making assignments to at least 200 separate organizations
within five years.
This policy proposal would change two things in the IPv6
Initial allocation criteria. It adds a definition for
"known ISP" and changes "200 /48 assignments" to
200 assignments of any size, but to separate organizations.
The term "existing, known ISP" in the IPv6 ISP qualification
section is too vague and does not give ARIN staff sufficient
guidance for evaluating qualifications. This text defines
"existing, ISP" in a precise manner and removes the unnecessary
and ambiguous word "known".
It has come to the author's attention that several organizations
have been refused IPv6 ISP allocations because they were not
considered an existing, known ISP. At least one of these
organizations has a /18 worth of IPv4 space reallocated to them
by various upstream ISPs and over 200 IPv4 customers. An
organization's choice to use provider addresses does not
have any affect on whether or not they are in fact an ISP.
Address space that has been reallocated (not reassigned)
is a good indicato of an ISP as those SWIP templates
are only supposed to be used for downstream ISPs.
The IPv4 /23 value was selected to match the utilization
requirement for the smallest direct IPv4 allocation from ARIN
under current policy.
The IPv6 /44 value was selected to represent a number
of downstream customers comparable to the IPv4 requirements.
Updates to IPv6 initial allocation criteria:
Section 188.8.131.52 recommends /56 assignments in some cases and
/48 assignments in others. The Initial allocation criteria
should reflect the flexibility of these recommendations.
An ISP should not have to provide an inefficient address
plan on their application even though they expect to have
over 200 IPv6 customers.
Timetable for implementation: Immediate