[ppml] Summary of Trial Balloons for Dealing with IPv4 Address Countdown

Jim Weyand jweyand at computerdata.com
Fri Mar 30 17:34:50 EDT 2007

It seems like it is time to start the relatively hard work of actually
developing alternative policy proposals to deal with the IPv4 Address
Exhaustion Issue.  It is too late to prepare proposals for the April
meeting but we have about 5 months before the cutoff for the October
meeting.  I have never written a proposal to any of the governing bodies
but my guess it will take at least that long to: gather a group of
like-minded individuals; negotiate the details of what to propose; write
the proposal; seek feedback; rewrite the proposal; etc, etc until the
proposal is either accepted or made irrelevant by another proposal.
I find myself struggling with how to convert the suggestions and
comments on this list into actual policy proposals.
I think it is useful at this point to list the different trial balloons
and proposals that have been suggested and discussed regarding IPv4
address exhaustion.  If you have a favorite that I have missed, send it
to me privately and I will send out a revised summary in a week or so.
1)       Policy Proposal 2007-12: IPv4 Countdown Policy Proposal - I
believe this is the only proposal that can be voted on at the upcoming
meeting in April.  The full text can be found at:
http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2007_12.html.  This proposal will,
"Set the date for termination of (IPv4) allocations and the date of
announcement".  This proposal specifically does not address IP address
recycling except to say that, "Recovery of unused address space should
be discussed separately."
2)       An informal proposal to not make any changes to current policy
until absolutely necessary
3)       An informal proposal to encourage address recycling by
increasing ARIN dues 
4)       Several similar informal proposals to encourage recycling by
empowering ARIN to more actively police the use of IPv4 addresses by
various means
5)       An informal proposal to change the nature of assigned IPv4
addresses to something similar to real property
6)       An informal proposal to ask holders of unused address IPv4
addresses to voluntarily return the addresses
7)       Several variants of informal proposals to start assigning IPv6
space with IPv4
8)       An informal proposal to get endusers to demand access to IPv6
networks by creating a media storm similar to Y2K.
It is time to make up your mind, roll up your sleeves and get to work.
The current policies for dealing with IPv4 Addresses are not causing a
crisis... yet.  It is however an urgent issue and extremely important.
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