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[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2014-2: Improving 8.4 Anti-Flip Language

On 24 January 2014 the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) accepted 
"ARIN-prop-194 Improving 8.4 Anti-Flip Language" as a Draft Policy.

Draft Policy ARIN-2014-2 is below and can be found at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2014_2.html

You are encouraged to discuss the merits and your concerns of Draft 
Policy 2014-2 on the Public Policy Mailing List.

The AC will evaluate the discussion in order to assess the conformance 
of this draft policy with ARIN's Principles of Internet Number Resource 
Policy as stated in the PDP. Specifically, these principles are:

  * Enabling Fair and Impartial Number Resource Administration
  * Technically Sound
  * Supported by the Community

The ARIN Policy Development Process (PDP) can be found at:
https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html

Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:
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Regards,

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


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Draft Policy ARIN-2014-2
Improving 8.4 Anti-Flip Language

Date: 29 January 2014

Problem Statement:
8.4 anti-flipping language states:
"Source entities within the ARIN region must not have received a 
transfer, allocation, or assignment of IPv4 number resources from ARIN 
for the 12 months prior to the approval of a transfer request. This 
restriction does not include M&A transfers."

This accidentally prevents anyone who receives BLOCK A in 2014 from 
transferring to another RIR a different block, BLOCK B, which was issued 
5, 10, 15, 20 years ago. In my company, we needed to move a block being 
used in Asia over to APNIC. The block was legacy. But because we had 
gotten a new block in 2013, we were prevented from moving the old block 
to a different RIR.

With exhaustion imminent, I think we should remove this policy statement to:
1) Stop the unintentional road blocks of real network situations
2) Recognize that policy must adapt to post-exhaustion, so text like 
this will only cover very corner cases, and in those corner cases, may 
unintended bad consequences.

Policy statement:

Modify 8.4:
Source entities within the ARIN region must not have received a 
transfer, allocation, or assignment of IPv4 number resources from ARIN 
for the 12 months prior to the approval of a transfer request. This 
restriction does not include M&A transfers. Restrictions related to 
recent receipt of blocks shall not apply to inter-RIR transfers within 
the same organization and its subsidiaries.

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