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[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2008-4 - Staff Assessment

Policy Proposal: 2008-4
Title: Minimum Allocation in the Caribbean Region
Revised: 18 August 2008
Assessment: 8 October 2008

ARIN Staff Assessment

The assessment of this proposal includes comments from ARIN staff and
the ARIN General Counsel. It contains analysis of procedural, legal, and
resource concerns regarding the implementation of this policy proposal
as it is currently stated. Any changes to the language of the proposal
may necessitate further analysis by staff and Counsel.

I. Proposal

Policy Proposal is available below and at:
http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2008_4.html

II. Proposal Summary

ARIN staff understands that this policy would lower the minimum
allocation size to a /22 for ISPs in the Caribbean region. The ARIN
Caribbean service area consists of the locations listed at
http://www.arin.net/community/ARINcountries.html, with the exception of
the US, Canada, Antarctica, Bouvet Islands, US Minor Outlying Islands,
St Pierre and Miquelon, Heard and McDonald Islands and St Helena.

III. Comments

A. ARIN Staff

1. Staff foresees no implementation problems with this policy.
2. End-users are excluded from this policy which might be viewed as
offering an unfair advantage to ISPs in the region.

B. ARIN General Counsel

Counsel sees no significant legal or litigation risk regarding this policy.


IV. Resource Impact – Minimal

The resource impact of implementing this policy is viewed as minimal.
Barring any unforeseen resource requirements, this policy could be
implemented within 30 – 90 days from the date of the ratification of the
policy by the ARIN Board of Trustees. It will require the following:

· Updates to Guidelines will be required
· Staff training will be required
· Updates to the ARIN web page of the “List of Countries in ARIN’s
Geographical Areas” to indicate which countries are considered part of
the Caribbean region will be required.

Regards,

Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)


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Policy Proposal 2008-4
Minimum Allocation in the Caribbean Region

Author: Cathy Aronson and Paul Andersen

Date: 18 August 2008

Proposal type: new

Policy term: renewable

Policy statement:

Add the following as section 4.8 of NRPM:

4.8. Minimum Allocation. The minimum IPv4 allocation size for ISPs from
the Caribbean portion of the ARIN region is /22.

    4.8.1. Allocation Criteria.

        * The requesting organization must show the efficient
        utilization of an entire previously allocated /22 from their
        upstream ISP. This allocation (/22) may have been provided
        by an ISP's upstream provider(s), and does not have to be
        contiguous address space. The organization must meet the
        requirement of efficient use of 4 /24s.

        * A multi-homed organization must show the efficient
        utilization of an entire previously allocated /23 from their
        upstream ISP. This allocation (/23) may have been provided
        by an ISP's upstream provider(s), and does not have to be
        contiguous address space. The organization must meet the
        requirement of efficient use of 2 /24s.

        * Utilization Reporting and Justification. All other ARIN
        policies regarding the reporting of justification information
        for the allocation of IPv4 and IPv6 address space will remain
        in effect.

Rationale:

ARIN staff have noted that organizations in the Caribbean region have
problems meeting the current criteria due to the fact that the
population in the region is smaller than that of Canada and the US.
There is also a lack of competition with many countries in the region
faced with a monopoly or duopoly situation in terms of transport providers.

To spur development in the region a similar proposal was passed in this
region for the portion of the African region that ARIN administered
prior to the formation of AfriNIC. This proposal seeks a similar outcome.

Timetable for implementation: immediate

Revisions Made:

* 2008-4.02 - Minor edit to specify proposed NRPM section number