[ppml] Posting of Legacy RSA and FAQ
drc at virtualized.org
Sun Oct 14 14:48:15 EDT 2007
On Oct 14, 2007, at 6:19 AM, Howard, W. Lee wrote:
> Everyone potentially affected by the Legacy RSA can make up their
> own minds, with their own legal counsel.
I applaud ARIN for making a constructive effort towards some
resolution to issues involving "legacy" address space (regardless of
how it is defined). These issues will likely become more and more
critical as the IPv4 is further depleted and it is good to bring
discussions to the table. I have no comments about the legal terms
of the Legacy RSA. In fact, most of my comments are actually in
relation to the FAQ.
a) I have been told that given the Legacy RSA is a contractual
document, the proper mechanism for asking questions about the
document is the ARIN Consulting and Suggestions process. The fact
that ARIN board members are discussing this document on PPML does
alleviate this concern somewhat, but it would be helpful if an
official statement regarding the status of the posted Legacy RSA and
the appropriate venue/mechanism for discussing it were made.
b) The definition of "legacy" address space in the FAQ may be
confusing given how (at least) APNIC initially operated prior to the
creation of ARIN. I might recommend defining legacy address space to
be something like "address space allocated without a formal agreement
on the part of the requester and the registry".
c) Q&A 5 of the FAQ states:
"Q5. What will happen to unused number resources I choose to relinquish?
A5. Such resources will eventually be assigned to new applicants who
can demonstrate the appropriate need for such resources per the need-
based number resource policies in the ARIN region. If ARIN receives
more unused resources than are needed in its service area, the number
resources can be returned to IANA for its use or assignment to other
I personally believe this to be wholly inappropriate. IP addresses
are global resources and returned legacy address space should be
returned to IANA for disposition according to global policies, not
returned to ARIN for reassignment by ARIN in the ARIN service area
according to ARIN policies.
d) in Q&A 6 of the FAQ (or in a new FQA item) it would probably be
worthwhile to make explicit what ARIN believes its obligations are,
if any, to legacy address holders who do NOT sign the RSA.
Again, I believe the posting of the Legacy RSA is a good first step
towards addressing the legacy address space situation. I look
forward to further discussions on the policies, both implied and
assumed, that create the environment in which a Legacy RSA can be
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