[arin-ppml] Draft Policy 2009-1: Transfer Policy (Using the Emergency PDP)
Draft Policy 2009-1
The ARIN Board of Trustees has declared a policy emergency and is making
use of the Emergency PDP provision in the ARIN Policy Development
Process to revise policy.
At their meeting on 6 February 2009 the ARIN Board of Trustees, based on
the recommendation of the ARIN Advisory Council and noting that the
Policy Development Process had been followed, adopted Draft Policy
2008-6: Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses.
Then at their meeting on 8 March 2009, the Board noted there is a gap in
the transfer policy that limits the availability of IPv4 address space
at a time when otherwise available IPv4 address space will become
scarce, and declared this gap an emergency. The Board initiated the
Emergency PDP of the Policy Development Process in order to revise the
transfer policy (both the existing transfer policy and the policy just
Per the Emergency PDP, the draft policy below is being posted to the
Public Policy Mailing List for 10 business days of discussion and review
by the community. The emergency discussion period ends 7 April 2009.
Within 5 business days of the end of discussion the Advisory Council
will, having reviewed the comments on the list, review the draft policy
and make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board may adopt
or reject the draft policy. If the Board adopts the policy, it will be
presented at the next public policy meeting for reconsideration.
We encourage you to discuss Draft Policy 2009-1 on the PPML. The
discussion on the list will be used by the AC to determine the community
consensus regarding adopting this as policy.
Draft Policy 2009-1: Transfer Policy is available below and at:
The ARIN Policy Development Process can be found at:
Policy 2008-6: Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses can be found at:
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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Draft Policy 2009-1
Originator: ARIN Board of Trustees (using the Emergency PDP provision in
the ARIN Policy Development Process)
Date: 24 March 2009
Insert into the ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual as follows:
Add Section 2.8:
“Organization. An Organization is one or more legal entities under
common control or ownership.”
Replace Section 8 as follows:
Number resources are non-transferable and are not assignable to any
other organization unless ARIN has expressly and in writing approved a
request for transfer. ARIN is tasked with making prudent decisions on
whether to approve the transfer of number resources.
It should be understood that number resources are not "sold" under ARIN
administration. Rather, number resources are assigned to an organization
for its exclusive use for the purpose stated in the request, provided
the terms of the Registration Services Agreement continue to be met and
the stated purpose for the number resources remains the same. Number
resources are administered and assigned according to ARIN's published
Number resources are issued, based on justified need, to organizations,
not to individuals representing those organizations. Thus, if a company
goes out of business, regardless of the reason, the point of contact
(POC) listed for the number resource does not have the authority to
sell, transfer, assign, or give the number resource to any other person
or organization. The POC must notify ARIN if a business fails so the
assigned number resources can be returned to the available pool of
number resources if a transfer is not requested and justified.
8.2. Mergers and Acquisitions
ARIN will consider requests for the transfer of number resources in the
case of mergers and acquisitions upon receipt of evidence that the new
entity has acquired the assets which had, as of the date of the
acquisition or proposed reorganization, justified the current entity's
use of the number resource. Examples of assets that justify use of the
number resource include, but are not limited to:
• Existing customer base
• Qualified hardware inventory
• Specific software requirements.
In evaluating a request for transfer, ARIN may require the requesting
organization to provide any of the following documents, as applicable,
plus any other documents deemed appropriate:
• An authenticated copy of the instrument(s) affecting the transfer of
assets, e.g., bill of sale, certificate of merger, contract, deed, or
• A detailed inventory of all assets utilized by the requesting party in
maintaining and using the number resource.
• A list of the requesting party's customers using the number resource.
If further justification is required, the requesting party may be asked
to provide any of the following, or other supporting documentation, as
• A general listing of the assets or components acquired
• A specific description of acquisitions, including:
o Type and quantity of equipment
o Customer base
• A description of how number resources are being utilized
• Network engineering plans, including:
o Host counts
o Subnet masking
o Network diagrams
o Reassignments to customers
8.3 Transfers to Specified Recipients
Number resources may be released, in whole or in part, to ARIN for
transfer to another specified organizational recipient, by any
authorized resource holder within the ARIN region. Such transferred
number resources may only be received by organizations that are within
the ARIN region and can demonstrate the need for such resources in the
exact amount which they can justify under current ARIN policies.
Most of the existing Section 8 is left unchanged. List of changes:
8.1 Changes from “Transfers” to “Principles.”
8.2 Changes from “Transfer Requirements” to “Mergers and Acquisitions.”
8.2 The word “only” is removed.
8.3 Merged up into 8.2.
8.3 Edited version of the adopted 2008-6.