[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-6: Micro-Assignments with Sponsorship

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Thu Mar 6 12:25:03 EST 2003

ARIN welcomes feedback and discussion about the following policy 
proposal in the weeks leading to the ARIN Public Policy Meeting 
in Memphis, Tennessee, scheduled for April 7-8, 2003. All feedback 
received on the mailing list about this policy proposal will be 
included in the discussions that will take place at the upcoming 
Public Policy Meeting. 

This policy proposal discussion will take place on the ARIN Public 
Policy Mailing List (ppml at arin.net). Subscription information is 
available at http://www.arin.net/mailing_lists/index.html 

Richard Jimmerson 
Director of Operations 
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) 

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Policy Proposal 2003-6: Micro-Assignments with Sponsorship

Proposal for Micro-Assignments with Sponsorship from Subscriber 

Organization or individuals not meeting minimum criteria for 
end-user assignment as specified in ARIN end-user assignment 
policy may request IP space as end-user directly from ARIN if 
it has sponsorship of two or more ARIN subscriber members. 

To be a sponsor an ARIN member must have existing business 
relationship with the end-user and agree that:

  1. It will act as first-level contact regarding IP requests by 
     the end-user to ARIN and verify technical requirements for 
     end-user according to ARIN policies 

  2. If in the future the business relationship is terminated, the 
     sponsor will notify ARIN no longer then 30 days after such an 
  3. In the event that a sponsor becomes aware that any information 
     regarding IP block assigned under this policy is no longer valid, 
     a sponsor must notify ARIN or verify that sponsored organization 
     or individual has already made necessary updates to the 
     information with ARIN. Information changes include all of the 

     a. Changes in contact information such as physical address or 
        email address
     b. Changes to the legal name of sponsored organization or 
     c. Changes in the technical requirements that may make original 
        request invalid or impact size of the required IP block

End-users requesting IP block under this policy agree to the 

  1. If in the future a request is made to ARIN for additional IP 
     block according to this or any other policy, end-user agrees 
     that if the new request is approved it will renumber into new 
     IP block in 6 months or less and then return the original block 
     received under this policy. An exception is allowed when new IP 
     block is requested under micro-allocation policy for exchange 
     block or other critical infrastructure. 

  2. When end-user terminates relationship with one or more of its 
     sponsors it must notify ARIN about this and in case there are 
     less than two sponsors left, it must secure sponsorship of 
     another  ARIN member in 30 days or less. If the number of 
     sponsors is less than two for period longer then 60 days, an 
     end-user agrees that ARIN has the right to withdraw the 

  3. An end user is responsible with providing correct contact 
     information to ARIN and in case of any changes such as change 
     in legal name, physical or email address, it must contact ARIN 
     and update the information. If ARIN becomes aware that 
     information regarding end-user is incorrect it must contact 
     end-user to request an updated information, assistance from 
     sponsors maybe thought in such situations. If ARIN is unable to 
     make proper contact with end user and the information in ARIN
     records remains incorrect for period of 60 days or more, ARIN 
     has the right to withdraw the assignment.

  4. An end-user is responsible with making regular yearly 
     maintenance fee payments according to special micro-assignments 
     schedule to be adapted by ARIN board of trustees. ARIN will 
     provide a renewal invoice to last known mailing address and 
     if the payment is not received 30 days after the due date, 
     ARIN may contact all sponsors to verify correct billing 
     information. In the event that ARIN is unable to make proper 
     contact  with end-user or when payment is still not received 
     90 days after the due date, ARIN has the right to withdraw 
     the assignment. 

  5. When assignment has been withdrawn end-user agrees to make no 
     further use of the IP block 

An assignment maybe withdrawn by ARIN if it meats the criteria 
specified #2, #3 or #4 above or if ARIN becomes aware that any 
information in the original request for assignment was incorrect 
and otherwise end-user would not have qualified for the assignment. 
In such cases:

  1. ARIN must provide 30 day written notice to the last known 
     mailing address and to all contact email addresses before 
     withdrawing the assignment.

  2. Under special circumstances an end-user may request 
     postponement, which can be no longer then 12 months. All 
     decisions on these requests are to be made by ARIN staff 
     which may ask for assistance of board of advisors. In all 
     circumstances the decisions by ARIN are final and may not
     be challenged by end-user by legal or any other means.

  3. When an assignment is to be withdrawn, ARIN will provide a 
     notice by both email and conventional mail to the sponsors and 
     specify the reason for withdrawing the assignment and the date 
     when it will be withdrawn. 

  4. When assignment is withdrawn, ARIN will change WHOIS information 
     to specify that assignment is no longer valid and has been 
     withdrawn. The WHOIS data as was last known regarding end-user 
     and the assignment must be maintained for a period of at least 
     6 months.

  5. An IP block assignment which was withdrawn may not be used for 
     new assignments for at least 12 months. 

All assignments under this policy must be in according with 
guidelines listed in RFC2050, except where other ARIN policies may 
take precedence. In particular one of the following is required in 
order to qualify for the assignment:

  1. Multihomed organizations may request a minimum assignment of 
     /24 without any other justification


  2. Requesters must show exactly how previous address assignments 
     have been utilized and must provide appropriate details to 
     verify their one-year growth projection. The basic criteria 
     that must be met are: 

     * 25% immediate utilization rate, and 
     * 50% utilization rate within one year

Before this policy is used a new maintenance fee schedule and other 
fees that are related to this policy must be adapted by the ARIN Board 
of Trustees. It is recommended that yearly maintenance fee schedule be 
scaled with 2-4 additional levels that the scale be in accordance with 
the size of IP block such that fee for /24 block is about 1/4 of the fee 
for /21 IP block. An additional one-time setup fee is also recommended 
to be equivalent to yearly maintenance fee. 

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