[ppml] Policy Proposal 2002-2: Experimental Internet Resource Allocations

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This policy proposal was discussed at the previous Public Policy
Meeting and on the ARIN Public Policy Mailing List. Noting that there
was not adequate support at ARIN XI to accept this proposal as it was
written, additional feedback was requested.  The ARIN AC has reviewed
comments received since ARIN XI and has determined not enough feedback
has been submitted to make revisions to the existing proposal text. It
is expected a final determination will be made regarding this policy
proposal following the ARIN XII meeting.

ARIN welcomes feedback and discussion about the following policy 
proposal in the weeks leading to the ARIN Public Policy Meeting 
in Chicago, Illinois, scheduled for October 22-23, 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 
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Policy Proposal 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

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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