[ppml] Policy Proposal: IPv6 Assignment Guidelines - version 3

michael.dillon at bt.com michael.dillon at bt.com
Fri Aug 24 04:38:13 EDT 2007

> If I had a choice as an LIR of doing something that will make 
> my new request a cake walk in 10 years time, or will require 
> me to go back and renumber 10 years worth of customers to 
> comply, I would much rather do the right thing now.
> That requires me to know what the right thing is, up front.

Unfortunately, nobody can know what ARIN policy wil be 10 years from
now. Policy is subject to change by the community.

However, the IETF is closing their IPv6 working group because they feel
that IPv6 is complete. From now on, IPv6 will be in maintenance mode.
This means that you can be reasonably certain that the IPv6 addressing
architecture will NOT change during the next 10 years. Any ISP that
complies with the IPv6 addressing architecture is unlikely to have a
problem in 10 years.

If the unlikely does happen, and an ISP is unable to get a second
allocation in 10 years from now, there is an easy solution. Create a new
corporate entity, and have that entity apply for their first allocation.
Or go to one of the other RIRs and get a first allocation from them. Or

ARIN is not the Internet police. And ARIN does not know, and will not
know for several years, what is the RIGHT thing to do with IPv6

--Michael Dillon

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