[ppml] Proposed Policy: IPv6 Direct PI Assignments for End Sites

Scott Leibrand sleibrand at internap.com
Mon Feb 13 09:13:58 EST 2006

I support this policy proposal, though I prefer the latest revision of
2005-1 because IMO it has better conditions in  I would ideally
prefer a hybrid proposal using 2005-1's wording and Andrew's and wording.


On 02/10/06 at 10:26am -0500, Member Services <memsvcs at arin.net> wrote:

> ARIN received the following proposed policy. In accordance with the ARIN
> Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process, the proposal is being
> posted to the ARIN Public Policy Mailing List and being placed on ARIN's
> website.
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> ### * ###
> Policy Proposal Name: IPv6 Direct PI Assignments for End Sites
> Author: Andrew Dul
> Proposal type: new
> Policy term: permanent
> Policy statement:
> Add new subsection to the NRPM:
> 6.5.8. Direct assignments to end sites
> To qualify for a direct end site assignment, an
> organization must meet all of the following criteria:
>        1. not be an LIR;
>        2. be an end site;
>        3. be currently multihomed using IPv4;
>        4. have a direct assignment from ARIN of at least a IPv4 /19 and
> can show the current utilization of 80% of an IPv4 /19 equivalent.
> Direct assignment size to end sites
>        Organizations that meet the direct end site assignment criteria
> are eligible to receive a direct assignment of /48 out of a reserved
> /44.  Direct Assignments shall be allocated from a separate super-block
> to allow for LIRs to filter.
> Subse quent direct assignments to end sites
>        Organizations assignment size may be increased by 1 bit (to a
> maximum of /44) when they demonstrate the active usage of 50% of the
> assigned /64 subnets.
>        Only one direct assignment may be made to an end site
> organization under Section 6.5.8.
>        Organizations which can demonstrate active usage of more than 50%
> of /64 networks from a /44 assignment shall qualify for an additional
> allocation as an LIR.
> Rationale:
> This policy is proposed as an alternative to the existing 2005-1 policy
> proposal.  This policy is intended to be more conservative that the
> existing proposed 2005-1 policy.  While this policy does allow PI
> assignments to end-sites, it limits the scope to current IPv4 holders
> with direct assignments.  A more conservative policy is desirable as the
> first IPv6 PI policy.
> Current ARIN policy does not permit an end-site from obtaining a
> Provider Independent IPv6 address block directly from ARIN.  There is
> currently no viable IPv6 multihoming method available for these
> end-sites.  Shim6 & other methods have been proposed as a possible
> method to meet multihoming requirements.  Today, no implementation or
> alternatives exist to ?traditional? IPv4 multihoming which announces
> unique address space from an ASN.
> The largest end-sites (corporations & content providers) have the
> greatest to gain and/or lose by not having an available method to
> multihome.  While IPv6 provides for stateless auto configuration for end
> hosts, no new methods for renumbering the infrastructure are available.
>   The cost and complexity of renumbering these large organizations makes
> it essential to provide stable address resources which are not assigned
> from a LIR.
> The lack of an end-site assignment policy is currently preventing the
> real planning and deployment of IPv6 networks in these organizations.
> Other policy proposals (2005-1) addressing this issue have been
> presented at the ARIN 15 & 16 meetings.  This policy proposal attempts
> to address the issues that were raised on the ppml mailing list and at
> the public policy meetings for 2005-1.
> Specifically, the main issue surrounding the creation of consensus on
> this policy appears to be the criteria for which end-sites should be
> able to obtain an endsite assignment.  Concerns have been raised about
> the creation of a new IPv6 ?swamp? by having a policy that is too
> lenient.  This issue is addressed in the policy by limiting the endsite
> assignments to current organizations with a modest IPv4 assignment.
> The assignment of IPv4 resources is orthogonal to the assignment of IPv6
> addresses.  However, the use of existing IPv4 assignments and ARIN
> membership are postulated as an appropriate regulator for the initial
> assignments under an IPv6 endsite policy.  It is reasonable to consider
> changes to the membership and IPv4 assignment requirements in the
> future.  This review should be conducted after the endsite assignment
> policy has been in place long enough to understand the demand for
> endsite IPv6 assignments and the development of IPv6 networks have matured.
> This policy proposal does not attempt to address the assignment needs
> for endsites which currently do not have IPv4 assignments.
> Timetable for implementation: within 90 days of approval by the BoT
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