[ppml] Revised Policy Proposal Resource Reclamation

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Tue May 1 15:11:35 EDT 2007

ARIN received the following policy proposal. The author withdrew the
previous proposal; it is closed. In accordance with the ARIN
Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process, this proposal is being
posted to the ARIN Public Policy Mailing List (PPML) and being placed on
ARIN's website.

The AC will review this proposal and may decide to:

1. Accept the proposal as a formal policy proposal as it is presented;

2. Work with the author to:
       a) clarify the language or intent of the proposal;
       b) divide the proposal into two (2) or more proposals; or
       c) combine the proposal with other proposals; or,

3. Not accept the proposal as a formal policy proposal.

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formal policy proposal to PPML and it will be presented at a Public
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explain that decision; and at that time the author may elect to use the
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Policy Proposal Name: Reclamation of Number Resources

Author: Owen DeLong, Stephen Sprunk
Proposal Version: 1.1

Submission Date: 4/30/07

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: permanent
Policy statement:

   Resource Reclamation

   1. ARIN may review the current usage of any resources allocated or
assigned to an organization.  The organization shall furnish whatever
records are necessary to perform this review.

   2.  ARIN may conduct such reviews:
     a. when any new resource is requested,
     b. whenever ARIN has cause to believe that the resources had
originally been obtained fraudulently, or
     c. at any other time without cause unless a prior review has been
completed in the preceding 12 months.
   3.  ARIN shall communicate the results of the review to the
   4.  If the review shows that existing usage is substantially not in
compliance with current allocation and/or assignment policies, the
organization shall return resources as required to bring them into
compliance. If an organization holds multiple ARIN delegations, they
may return any number of whole delegations necessary to restore
compliance. If an organization holds a single ARIN delegation, they
shall return a single aggregate portion of the delegation to restore

   5.  If the organization does not voluntarily return resources as
required, ARIN may revoke any resources as required to bring the
organization into compliance. ARIN shall follow the same guidelines
for revocation that are required for voluntary return in the previous

   6.  Return or revocation of resources shall be immediate for
billing purposes.

   7.  ARIN shall not issue any returned or revoked resources to
another organization for a minimum of six months after reclamation.
ARIN shall negotiate a longer term with the resource holder if ARIN
believes the resource holder is working in good faith to restore
compliance and has a valid need for additional time to renumber out
of the affected blocks.

   8. The whois database shall indicate that such blocks are scheduled
for reclamation and shall display the date determined under the previous

Delete sections 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4

Remove the sentence "In extreme cases, existing allocations may be
affected." from section


ARIN feels that current policy does not give them the power to audit
or reclaim resources except in cases of fraud, despite this being
mentioned in the Registration Services Agreement.  This policy
proposal provides clear policy authority to do so, guidelines for how
and under what conditions it shall be done, and a guarantee of a
(minimum) six-month grace period so that the current user shall have
time to stop using any resources to be reclaimed.

The deleted sections/text would be redundant with the adoption of
this proposal.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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