[ppml] Last Call for Comment: Policy Proposal 2002-2

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This is a last call for comments on this policy proposal.  The Advisory
Council will review the comments collected during this last call period.

The AC determined that there was community support for this policy
proposal.  The proposal text was revised by the AC in response to
comments received at the Public Policy Meeting.

Please send your comments to ppml at arin.net.  This last call will expire
at 23:59 EST on March 22, 2004. 

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Policy Proposal 2002-2: Experimental Internet Resource 

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 Experimental Activity also includes the undertaking 
that the experiment's outcomes be published in a publicly 
accessible document at the end of the experiment. The 
conditions for determining the end of the experiment are to be 
included in the document. Applicants for an experimental 
allocation are expected to demonstrate an understanding that 
when the experiment ends, the allocation will be returned; a 
successful experiment may need a new allocation under normal 
policies in order to continue in production or commercial use, but 
will not retain the experimental allocation.

A "publicly 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 
been approved for publication by the IESG or by a similar 
mechanism as implemented by the IETF.

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 proposed 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 
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. At the end of the experiment, 
resources allocated under this policy will be returned to the 
available pool. 

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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