Supporting ISPs with WebHosting Policy

Bill Darte billd at
Wed Apr 18 11:14:20 EDT 2001

This is definately a Community Learning and Education Workgroup (CLEW)
initiative and I am happy to have you contribute a draft document or outline
of such a document to the CLEW mail list.  I and others on that list will
respond and perhaps we can knock out a substantive document in the near
Thanks again and I look forward to your draft.
Bill Darte
AC and CLEW Chair

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen Elliott [mailto:stephen at]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2001 9:22 AM
> To: Bill Darte
> Cc: ARIN Public Policy (E-mail); ARIN Virtual Web Hosting (E-mail)
> Subject: Re: Virtual WebHosting Policy Rewording
> I am glad to see that there is some movement on this.  I 
> agree with the
> wording of this, but I would like to see something else; 
> guidelines for
> proper implementation.  One of the big problems with changes like this
> is that in the past ARIN has kicked out the broad strokes of 
> the policy,
> but individual ISP's then had to craft policies around the framework
> provided by ARIN.  This is ok in most circumstances, the ISP's for the
> most part produce policies that are inline with ARIN and everyone is
> happy.  Yet some ISP's take tend to take it upon themselves to go the
> extra mile and prohibit practices that are completely inline with the
> ARIN policies, and then blame ARIN for this, saying it is not them, it
> is ARIN.  What I would suggest is a document that outlines what this
> really means and how policies should be written at ISP's and others
> responsible for distributing IP's.  I will gladly volunteer 
> to help out
> with a draft that can be read by the group and modify it based on
> feedback.  It is my hope that we as a group can come up with a policy
> that is used industry wide and applied equally... well I can 
> hope can't
> I!
> -Stephen
> Bill Darte wrote:
> > 
> > After consideration of suggested changes in the wording 
> associated with the
> > the Virtual Web Hosting policy voiced on mail lists and the 
> ARIN meetings of
> > April, the Advisory Council suggests the following slight 
> change in wording.
> > 
> > Note that the AC considers this a policy to be recomemended 
> to the Board of
> > Trustees after this 'final call' for input.  It requires 
> ISPs to provide
> > technical justification for IP address space allocations to 
> be used for
> > IP-based web hosting and ARIN Registration Services staff 
> to collect this
> > information.  Over time this information will be aggregated 
> in a fashion
> > which elimates specific customer/vendor references, and 
> used by ARIN and
> > members to review this policy for change.
> > 
> > Bill Darte
> > Advisory Council
> > 
> > 
> > ARIN subscription holders who provide virtual webhosting 
> services to their
> > customers, and organizations that request new address space 
> from ARIN, are
> > strongly encouraged to employ a name-based system of webhosting -- a
> > current best practice method which enables multiple domains 
> to be hosted
> > by a single IP address. In contrast, an IP-based system requires a
> > distinct IP number for each domain, which, where not 
> required for the
> > technical basis of services offered, is an inefficient use 
> of addresses.
> > Widespread use of the name-based system will significantly 
> reduce the
> > number of addresses needed for webhosting and will help to 
> conserve the
> > limited supply of available address space.
> > 
> > 
> > When an ISP submits a request for IP address space to be 
> used for IP-based
> > webhosting, they will supply technical justification for 
> this practice. ARIN
> > will collect this data for review of the policy in light of 
> operational
> > experience.
> -- 
> Stephen Elliott                 Harrison & Troxell
> Systems & Networking Manager    2 Faneuil Hall Marketplace
> Systems & Networking Group      Boston, Ma 02109
> (617)227-0494 Phone             (617)720-3918 Fax

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