[ppml] Allocation and reallocation

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Thu Oct 23 18:56:29 EDT 2003

        As Kathy pointed out earlier, in ARIN parlance and in the terms used
by most ISPs, ALLOCATION is used to refer to the entrustment of an organization
with the management of a block.  That is, RIRs ALLOCATE to LIRs.  End users,
on the other hand, receive ASSIGNMENTS from LIRs or RIRs.


--On Thursday, October 23, 2003 11:12:15 PM +0100 Michael.Dillon at radianz.com wrote:

> ARIN manages numbering resources that can be visualized as a number line.
> Organizations can apply to ARIN for a range of those numbers. When ARIN
> allocates (or assigns) these ranges of numbers, they also specify whether
> or not the recipient is delegated to reallocate (or reassign) these ranges
> either in whole or in part. If an organization is delegated reallocation
> rights
> then they must agree to apply the ARIN rules of stewardship.
> Assignment and allocation are two similar terms which are considered
> identical in this context.
> --Michael Dillon
> P.S. Some people refer to these two types of ranges as delegated
> allocations
> and end user allocations to distinguish them.
> P.P.S. All organizations receiving allocations (assignments) directly from
> ARIN are free to announce them via their own AS or via their ISP's AS.
> In this sense, they are portable allocations. Reallocations
> (reassignments)
> are not portable and generally may not be announced by an AS not belonging
> to the delegated recipient unless they agree to such announcements.

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