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[arin-ppml] LAST CALL: Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2014-7: Section 4.4 Micro Allocation Conservation Update

The ARIN Advisory Council (AC) met on 16 April 2014 and decided to
send the following to last call:

   Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2014-7: Section 4.4 Micro Allocation 
Conservation Update

Feedback is encouraged during the last call period. All comments should
be provided to the Public Policy Mailing List. This last call will
expire on 5 May 2014. After last call the AC will conduct their
last call review.

The draft policy text is below and available at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/

The ARIN Policy Development Process is available at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html

Regards,

Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)


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Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2014-7
Section 4.4 Micro Allocation Conservation Update

Date: 25 March 2014

AC's assessment of conformance with the Principles of Internet Number 
Resource Policy:

"Section 4.4 Micro Allocation Conservation Update enables fair and
impartial number resource administration by updating the requirements
for an IXP to obtain a micro allocation. The changes are a precise
change (2->3 IXP members) to existing policy. The policy is technically
sound and meets the overarching technical requirements of conservation,
aggregation, and registration. This policy has received a number of
statements in support of this proposal on the mailing list and in Nanog
Atlanta PPC."

Problem Statement:

Two networks interconnecting are generally considered to be private 
peers. The current policy allows an IXP to receive a micro-allocation 
with only two devices. Given IPv4 exhaustion and the growth of IXPs in 
North America it is prudent to raise the minimum criteria so that 
micro-allocation space is not wasted.

Policy statement:

Change the following sentence in Section 4.4 from:

Exchange point operators must provide justification for the allocation, 
including: connection policy, location, other participants (minimum of 
two total), ASN, and contact information.

To:

Exchange point operators must provide justification for the allocation, 
including: connection policy, location, other participants (minimum of 
three total), ASN, and contact information.

Comments:
a.Timetable for implementation: Immediate
b.Anything else:

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ARIN Staff and Legal Assessment

ARIN-prop-2014-7 – “Section 4.4 Micro Allocation 
Conservation Update”

Date of Assessment: 04 Mar 2014

1. Summary (Staff Understanding)

This proposal would modify existing NRPM section 4.4 to require Exchange 
Point Operators to have a minimum of three participants. The rationale 
for this change is that with more IXPs being formed and IPv4 depletion 
imminent, there is a need to conserve the limited micro-allocation 
reserved space.

2. Comments

A. ARIN Staff Comments

This proposal would have no operational impact and could be implemented 
as written.

B. ARIN General Counsel - Legal Assessment

The policy does not create legal concerns.

3. Resource Impact

This policy would have minimal resource impact from an implementation 
aspect. It is estimated that implementation would occur within 3 months 
after ratification by the ARIN Board of Trustees. The following would be 
needed in order to implement:

· Updated guidelines and internal procedures

· Staff training

4. Proposal Text

Problem Statement:

Two networks interconnecting are generally considered to be private 
peers. The current policy allows an IXP to receive a micro-allocation 
with only two devices. Given IPv4 exhaustion and the growth of IXPs in 
North America it is prudent to raise the minimum criteria so that 
micro-allocation space is not wasted.

Policy statement:

Change the following paragraph in Section 4.4 from:
Exchange point operators must provide justification for the allocation, 
including: connection policy, location, other participants (minimum of 
two total), ASN, and contact information.

To:

Exchange point operators must provide justification for the allocation, 
including: connection policy, location, other participants (minimum of 
three total), ASN, and contact information.