[ppml] 2005-1:Business Need for PI Assignments
kloch at hotnic.net
Fri Apr 22 10:18:17 EDT 2005
Randy Bush wrote:
> o it is hard to find a good compromise in this space, but we have
> to do so, and have been doing so for a long while; do not
> o but imprudent blow-out of any one (or more) of the dimensions
> in tension, at the expense of the others, will lead to articles
> in the nyt, wsj, and people who wear strange clothes.
> this is not easy. there are no simple answers of which i am aware.
> and progress will not be fast, certainly not enough to be a
> marketing force for ipv6. but, history tells us that if we are not
> careful, we pay big-time in the long run.
It sounds like some aren't satisfied with the limited selectivity of
ASN requirements. If only we had a knob like we have in IPv4 (number of
virtual interfaces) to fine tune who qualifies for PI. That doesn't map
well to IPv6, but we do have "x /48 ssignments in y timeframe" to work
Create something like a "micro-LIR" category which is assumed to be
mostly self serving but with a small allocation like /44. X and y
could be something like 8 /48 assignments within 1 year. I'm sure most
companies that we agree should qualify would have 7 business
relationships (employees, vendors, customers, subsidiaries, POP's)
that they could justify assigning /48's to.
X, y and standards for the /48 assignemnts should provide
enough variables to fine tune the policy for maximum aggregation
One (major imho) benefit of this would be making a clear distinction
between the smallest RIR allocation and the standard end site /48.
You would have to be careful to not steer actual ISP's into
these micro-LIR allocations, because even the most unsuccessful
ISP would quickly outgrow a /44 and cause fragmentation.
The difference is an "ISP" is primarily in the business of
aggregating and selling transit, while a micro-LIR aggregates and
provides transit as a side effect of their primary business.
You could throw on other requirements, but you would quickly make it
more difficult to get a micro-LIR allocation than a /32 under the
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