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

cja@daydream.com packetgrrl at gmail.com
Fri Aug 24 08:37:57 EDT 2007


Michael,

There are some who say that we do know the right thing with allocation
policies for IPv6 but we're doing something else anyway.  Who knows.

I do know this.  We need to have a policy for subsequent allocations now.
This is just like when Jon Postel set aside 24.0.0.0/8 for cable.  My
organization got 24.0.0.0/14.  No one at the Internic or IANA thought that
we would ever come back for more.  There was no policy.  The reality is that
we did go back for more over and over again.  We used a lot of address space
and it was highly utilized.  When we went back for more we spent quite a bit
of time with Kim and Jon sorting out a reasonable subsequent allocation
policy for cable (one that is still in use and it has been over 10 years).

I do realize that 24.0.0.0/14 is small compared to an IPv6 allocation but
for its time it was huge.  Someone will come back for more whether it's a
reasonable request or not and we have to be ready.

----Cathy

On 8/24/07, michael.dillon at bt.com <michael.dillon at bt.com> wrote:
>
> > 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
> both.
>
> 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
> addressing.
>
> --Michael Dillon
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