[ppml] Revised 2007-17

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Sat Sep 15 11:42:34 EDT 2007

Based on input from the AC and comments on the mailing list, I have
decided to revise 2007-17.

Specific ideas incorporated into this proposal:
	1.	Specific fee statements removed.  Fees are not the realm
		of IRPEP, so, it is replaced with a requirement for the BoT
		to develop appropriate incentives.

	2.	An oversight in the original version did not provide a
		timeframe in which addresses were to be returned.
		This version adopts a 12 month timeframe with staff
		discretion for up to 2 extensions of 6 months each.

	3.	This proposal differs from the existing section 4.6 in
		that it places discretion over whether a subnet of
		a returned block may be retained or not in the hands
		of the address holder.  There was some suggestion
		from some AC members that this discretion should
		only be given to legacy holders while ARIN staff should
		retain discretion over non-legacy resources.  I do not
		have a strong opposition to such a change, but, I do
		feel that the policy is actually better as is, so, I have
		chosen not to add this revision.  I would like to see
		discussion on this area, and, if it is possible, I would
		like this version to allow the AC discretion to gauge
		consensus on whether this edit should be added
		prior to last call.

Revised proposal is as follows:

Policy Proposal 2007-17
Legacy Outreach and Partial Reclamation

Author: Owen DeLong

Proposal Version: 1.0
Submission Date: 2007 September 15

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Modify section 4.6 as follows:

4.6 Amnesty Requests:

ARIN will accept the return or relinquishment of
any address space from any existing address holder. If the address
holder wishes to aggregate into a single block, ARIN may work with the
address holder to arrive at an allocation or assignment which is equal
to or smaller than the sum of their existing blocks and which best meets
the needs of the existing holder and the community. The organization
returning the addresses shall have 12 months from the date they receive
their new addresses to return the addresses under this policy.  
may request no more than 2 six month extensions to this time, which,
may be granted at ARIN the discretion of ARIN staff. There shall be no
fee for returning addresses under this policy. Further, organizations
returning addresses under this policy shall receive the following  

1. If the organization does not currently pay ARIN fees, they shall
remain fee exempt.

2. The BoT shall develop an incentive program to encourage such
returns.  Such incentives may include fee reductions and/or other
such mechanisms as the BoT deems appropriate.

3. Any organization returning address space under this policy shall
continue under their existing RSA or they may choose to sign the current
RSA. For organizations which currently do not have an RSA, they may sign
the current RSA, or, they may choose to remain without an RSA.

4. All organizations returning space under this policy shall, if they
meet other eligibility requirements and so request, obtain an
appropriate IPv6 end-user assignment or ISP allocation as applicable,
with no fees for the first 5 years. Organizations electing to receive
IPv6 allocation/assignment under this provision must sign a current RSA
and must agree that all of their IPv4 and ASN resources are  
henceforth subject
to the RSA. Organizations taking this election shall be subject to
end-user fees for their IPv4 resources not previously under an ARIN RSA.
If they are already an ARIN subscriber, then IPv4 resources affected by
this process may, instead, be added to their existing subscriber
agreement at the address holder's discretion.


The current amnesty policy does a nice job of facilitating aggregation,
which was the intent when it was drafted. However, as we approach IPv4
free-space exhaustion, the community now has an additional need to
facilitate address reclamation.

A very high percentage of underutilized space is in the hands of legacy
holders who currently have no benefit to joining the ARIN process.
Further, there is an unfortunate perception that doing so will require
force the legacy holder into certain future disadvantages. This proposal
attempts to resolve both of those issues while also providing some
incentive to legacy organizations to start using IPv6 resources and
bring their IPv4 resources into the ARIN process.

This policy attempts to provide some benefit and remove most of the
costs of making partial IPv4 returns. It also attempts to provide an
incentive for these IPv4 holders to join the ARIN process.

It is suggested that the BoT adopt fee incentives such as the
elimination of 2 years of ARIN fees for each /20 returned.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate

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