[ppml] New ARIN Sub-region Policy Proposal (Rural-America)

John Brown john at chagres.net
Tue Oct 7 11:43:40 EDT 2003

The ARIN sub-region known as "Rural America", those
localities with a population of less than 1 million
persons here by proposes the following Policy Proposal.


Rural America service providers have been held captive
and have been disenfranchised via the ARIN process.

Rural America service providers operate at a significant
economic disadvantage with respect to the allocation
of Internet Numbering resources from ARIN.

Rural America service provdiers are captive to their
upstream "backbone" providers as current ARIN policy
prohibits Rural America providers from receiving 
direct allocations from ARIN.

Rural America service providers are unable to, based
on population densities of the serviced area, to qualify
for direct allocation from ARIN.

Rural America service providers typically service between
2000 and 10,000 dial up customers.  Based on typical over
subscription ratios, this means the Rural America service
provider only needs 1 to 4 /24 sized prefixes.  This does
not count the slow growth of other services

Rural America, our "Heart Land" is a vital part of the
American economy.  As such they now depend on reliable and
stable internet connectivity to conduct much of their

Rural America customers require their service provdiers
to operate in a more stable manner.

Rural America service providers are unable to easly and
with low impact to their customers switch backbone providers.

Rural America providers are *required* to renumber each
and every time they change backbone providers.  Backbone
providers use this as a way to hold these Rural America
providers captive.

Rural America needs the freedom and flexibility to control
their destiny and their operations

Rural America internet users have the "right" to receive
reliable and stable internet services, to have a choice
of local providers for that service and to not have to
renumber many times.

Therefore,  This policy proposal serves to help this 
sub-regional group known as Rural America.  This policy
applies to Rural America only.  It specifically *excludes*
non-rural locations, those providers operating in
non-rural locations.

1. Minimum Allocation:  The minimum allocation size
for ISP's located within Rural America is changed to
a /22

2. Allocation Criteria.

   a.  The requesting org must show the efficient 
utilization of an entire previously allocated /23
from their upstream ISP.  This allocation (/23) may
have been provide by one or more upstream providers
and does not have to be contiguous.

   b.  A multi-homed org must show an efficient utilization 
of an entire previously allocated /23 from their 
upstream(s).  This allocation (/23) may have been provided
by one or more upstream provdiers, and does not have
to be contiguous in numbering.

   c.  Additional alloctions.  Rural America organizations
may apply for additional space, and ARIN will allocate 
additional space on a /22 basis, at a minimum.  Nothing here
prevents the Rural America orginzation from requesting and
receiving larger allocations, providing the usage is justified.

3.  Utilization Reporting and Justification.  All other
ARIN policies reguarding the reporting of justification information
for the allocation of IPv4 address space will remain 
in effect.

4.  IPv6 considerations:  Rural America providers are eager
to start testing and deploying IPv6 networks.  Rural America
operators have the ability to deploy IPv6 quicker than larger
providers.  Therefor, providers that receive IPv4 space
under this policy shall also be permitted to request and 
receive a single /48 of IPv6 space.  This will help enable
rural providers and move them forward with IPv6 technology.
Further allocations will be handled under current IPv6 policy.

5.  Pricing.  The ARIN BOT will review and evaluate the pricing
for these allocations, taking into strong consideration the 
economic conditions of Rural America providers.  The suggested
"cost" for these allocations will be $1250 USD per year.


John Brown
Former ARIN AC

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