[ppml] Policy Proposal: Definition of known ISP and changes to IPv6 initial allocation criteria

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Policy Proposal Name: Definition of known ISP and changes to IPv6
initial allocation criteria

Author: Kevin Loch

Proposal Version: 1

Submission Date: 2007-07-27

Proposal type: new

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Add the following section 6.2.10:

6.2.10 Existing ISP

     An existing ISP is an organization which meets the following

        1. Has IPv4 or IPv6 address space directly allocated
           by ARIN; or
        2. Has at least a total of an IPv4 /23 or an IPv6 /44 of address
           space reallocated to them via SWIP by one or more upstream

        Address space directly assigned from ARIN or reassigned from
        upstream ISPs does not count towards these requirements.

Replace (d) with the following text:

     d.  be an existing ISP in the ARIN region or have a plan for
         making assignments to at least 200 separate organizations
         within five years.


        This policy proposal would change two things in the IPv6
        Initial allocation criteria.  It adds a definition for
        "known ISP" and changes "200 /48 assignments" to
        200 assignments of any size, but to separate organizations.

        Existing ISP:

        The term "existing, known ISP" in the IPv6 ISP qualification
        section is too vague and does not give ARIN staff sufficient
        guidance for evaluating qualifications.  This text defines
        "existing, ISP" in a precise manner and removes the unnecessary
        and ambiguous word "known".

        It has come to the author's attention that several organizations
        have been refused IPv6 ISP allocations because they were not
        considered an existing, known ISP.  At least one of these
        organizations has a /18 worth of IPv4 space reallocated to them
        by various upstream ISPs and over 200 IPv4 customers.  An
        organization's choice to use provider addresses does not
        have any affect on whether or not they are in fact an ISP.

        Address space that has been reallocated (not reassigned)
        is a good indicato of an ISP as those SWIP templates
        are only supposed to be used for downstream ISPs.

        The IPv4 /23 value was selected to match the utilization
        requirement for the smallest direct IPv4 allocation from ARIN
        under current policy.

        The IPv6 /44 value was selected to represent a number
        of downstream customers comparable to the IPv4 requirements.

        Updates to IPv6 initial allocation criteria:

        Section recommends /56 assignments in some cases and
        /48 assignments in others.  The Initial allocation criteria
        should reflect the flexibility of these recommendations.
        An ISP should not have to provide an inefficient address
        plan on their application even though they expect to have
        over 200 IPv6 customers.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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