[ppml] 2002-02 Address space allocations for experimental pur poses

Geoff Huston gih at telstra.net
Fri Apr 4 04:50:53 EST 2003

I understand that this policy is up for consideration at the upcoming ARIN

On the 12th December I posted a draft of a revision to this policy which 
to integrate comments from Ted Hardie. I also recieved a comment from Bill 
on the proposed policy following the 12th December draft.

I'm not sure of the appropriate protocol here, but I would like to offer 
for consideration
a second draft of the ARIN policy that is altered only in respect of changes to
section 2 as per Bill's suggestion.

As I noted on the 12th December, this draft:

attempts to rephrase the first three sections to make them clearer,
as well as taking into account the considerations noted in text above, and 
includes the designated expert reviewer role. It also specifically words 
this as an ARIN policy, as I understand that the other RIRs have / are 
considering different wording in their regions.


   Geoff Huston

2002-2: Experimental Internet Resource Allocations

There have been a number of experimental address allocations
undertaken in the Internet over the past decade. These experimental
address allocations have been made by the IANA in coordination with
the IETF, on an ad hoc basis. There is currently no systematic means
of receiving other Numbering Resources on a temporary basis as part of
a recognized experiment in Internet technology deployment. The
following policy is proposed:

ARIN will allocate Numbering Resources to entities requiring temporary
Numbering Resources for a fixed period of time under the terms of
recognized experimental activity.

     "Numbering Resources" refers to unicast IPv4 or IPv6 address
     space and Autonomous System numbers.

The following criteria for this policy are proposed:

1. Documentation of recognized experimental activity

A Recognized Experimental Activity is one where the experiment's
objectives and practices are described in a publicly accessible
document. It is a normal requirement that a Recognized Experimantal
Activity also includes the undertaking that the experiment's outcomes
also be published in a publically accessible document.

     A "publically accessible document" is a document that is publicly
     and openly available free of charges and free of any constraints
     of disclosure.

ARIN will not recognize an experimental activity under this policy if
the entire research experiment cannot be publicly disclosed.

ARIN has a strong preference for the recognition of experimental
activity documentation in the form of a document which has achieved
"IETF consensus" as described in RFC 2434.

2. Technical Coordination

ARIN requires that a recognized experimental activity is able to
demonstrate that the activity is technically coordinated.

    Technical coordination specifically includes consideration of any
    potential negative impact of the propsed experiment on the
    operation of the Internet and its deployed services, and
    consideration of any related experimental activity.

ARIN will review planned experimental activities to ensure that they are
technically coordinated.  This review will be conducted with ARIN and/or
third-party expertise and will include liaison with the IETF.

3. Coordination over Resource Use

When the IETF's standards development process proposes a change in the
use of Numbering Resources on an experimental basis the IETF should
use a liaison mechanism with the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)
of this proposal. The RIRs will jointly or severally respond to the
IETF using the same liaison mechanism.

4. Resource Allocation Term and Renewal

The Numbering Resources are allocated on a lease/license basis for a
period of one year. The allocation can be renewed on application to
ARIN providing information as per Detail One. The identity and details
of the applicant and the allocated Numbering Resources will be
published under the conditions of ARIN's normal publication policy.

5. Single Resource Allocation per Experiment

ARIN will make one-off allocations only, on an annual basis to any
applicant. Additional allocations to an organization already holding
experimental activity resources relating to the specified activity
outside the annual cycle will not be made unless justified by a
subsequent complete application.

     It's important for the requesting organization to ensure they have
     sufficient resources requested as part of their initial
     application for the proposed experimental use.

6. Resource Allocation Fees

ARIN may charge an administration fee to cover each allocation made of
these experimental resources. This fee simply covers registration and
maintenance, rather than the full allocation process for standard ARIN
members. This administration fee should be as low as possible as these
requests do not have to undergo the same evaluation process as those
requested in the normal policy environment.

7. Resource Allocation Size

The Numbering Resources requested come from the global Internet
Resource space, and are not from private or other non-routable
Internet Resource space. The allocation size should be consistent with
the existing ARIN minimum allocation sizes, unless small
allocations are intended to be explicitly part of the experiment. If
an organization requires more resource than stipulated by the minimum
allocation sizes in force at the time of their request, their
experimental documentation should have clearly described and justified
why this is required.

8. Commercial Use Prohibited

If there is any evidence that the temporary resource is being used for
commercial purposes, or is being used for any activities not
documented in the original experiment description provided to ARIN,
ARIN reserves the right to immediately withdraw the resource and
reassign it to the free pool.

9. Resource Request Appeal or Arbitration

ARIN reserves the ability to assess and comment on the objectives of
the experiment with regard to the requested amount of Numbering
Resources and its technical coordination. ARIN reserves the ability to
modify the requested allocation as appropriate, and in agreement with
the proposer. In the event that the proposed modifications are not
acceptable, the requesting organization may request an appeal or
arbitration using the normal ARIN procedures. In this case, the
original proposer of the experimental activity may be requested to
provide additional information regarding the experiment, its
objectives and the manner of technical coordination, to assist in the
resolution of the appeal.


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