[ppml] Revision to 2008-3

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Tue Apr 1 11:17:06 EDT 2008

Policy Proposal 2008-3, Community Networks IPv6 Allocation, has
been revised. This proposal is open for discussion on this mailing list
and will be on the agenda at the upcoming ARIN Public Policy Meeting.

The current policy proposal text is provided below and is also available
at: http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2008_3.html


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Josh King wrote:
> Hello,
> Here's a revision of the 2008-3 policy proposal based upon the staff
> recommendations. Sorry for the extreme lateness, I did not receive the
> staff recommendations until yesterday due to problems with my email.
> I've attempted to address the concerns expressed by staff, but some
> points I've expressed may require further clarification, and I look
> forward to further staff comments.
> Changes:
> Added section 6.5.9 as per recommendation, listing allocation and user
> requirements for Community Networks allocations. Largely based upon
> and .3, with revisions to attempt to reflect the fact that a
> Community Network is neither an end-user or LIR.
> Modified section to refer to section 6.5.9.
> -- Policy Proposal 2008-3
> Community Networks IPv6 Allocation
> Author: Joshua King
> Proposal Version: 1
> Date: 4 March 2008
> Proposal type: new
> Policy term: permanent
> Policy statement:
> [Add Section 2.8 to the NRPM.]
> 2.8 Community Network
> A community network is a generic reference to any network that is
> operated by a group of people living in a particular local area
> organized for the purposes of delivery or provision of network services
> to the residents of an incorporated or unincorporated regional
> municipality, city, town, village, rural municipality, township, county,
> district or other municipality or other such geographic space, however
> designated.
> [Modify as follows.]
> b. qualify for an IPv4 assignment or allocation from ARIN under the IPv4
> policy currently in effect or be a Community Network as defined in
> Section 2.8, with allocation criteria defined in section 6.5.9.
> [Add Section 6.5.9 to the NRPM.]
> 6.5.9 Community Network Allocations
> Initial assignment size
> Organizations defined as Community Networks under section 2.8 are
> eligible to receive a direct assignment. The minimum size of the
> assignment is /48. Organizations requesting a larger assignment must
> provide documentation of the characteristics of the Community Network's
> size and architecture that require the use of additional subnets. An
> HD-Ratio of .94 with respect to subnet utilization within the network
> must be met for all assignments larger than a /48.
> These assignments shall be made from a distinctly identified prefix and
> shall be made with a reservation for growth of at least a /44. This
> reservation may be assigned to other organizations later, at ARIN's
> discretion.
> Subsequent assignment size
> Additional assignments may be made when the need for additional subnets
> is justified. Justification will be determined based on a detailed plan
> of the network's architecture and the .94 HD-Ratio metric. When
> possible, assignments will be made from an adjacent address block.
> Number of customers
> Community Networks seeking an allocation must demonstrate that they
> provide for a user base of at least 100 through connectivity to homes
> and businesses, public facilities, public access points, or mobile
> users. Community Networks with user bases of under 200 must also submit
> a plan for doubling their service base over the next year.
> Rationale:
> There are currently a number of projects globally that aim to develop
> community network infrastructure and related technologies. These are
> usually coordinated by volunteer-run, grassroots organizations which
> lack many of the resources of traditional internet service providers and
> other network operators. They have diverse goals, including public
> policy, software development, and implementation of community services
> and resources. Many of them provide services free of charge, and thus
> lack any paying user base. However, in order to create and maintain
> community networks that are often composed of hundreds if not thousands
> of inexpensive, commodity hosts and devices, a significant amount of
> address space will be required. Current-generation workarounds to this
> problem, such as NAT, not only make it difficult to develop
> next-generation decentralized network technology by segmenting the
> community's architecture from the Internet as a whole, but will cease to
> be as viable a stopgap as the Internet moves towards IPv6 integration.
> Even now, common community networking software solutions such as
> CUWiNware (http://www.cuwin.net) and Freifunk (http://www.freifunk.at)
> have nascent IPv6 addressing support, but participating organizations
> lack the address space for widespread testing or adoption. As such, it
> is necessary to implement an procedure as soon as possible for these
> segregated networks to acquire address space. These organizations do not
> meet the criteria traditionally defined for LIR's, and thus cannot
> acquire address allocations through existing templates. By establishing
> a procedure by which these organizations can seek to acquire the
> resources they require for further development, ARIN can reach out to
> this active community and establish a small but definite space for them
> in the future of Internet.
> Timetable for implementation: Immediate.
> Josh King
> --
> josh at acornactivemedia.com
> --
> Senior Network Engineer, Acorn Active Media
> (http://www.acornactivemedia.com)
> System Administrator, Chambana.net (http://www.chambana.net)
> --
> "I am an Anarchist not because I believe Anarchism is the final goal,
> but because there is no such thing as a final goal." -Rudolf Rocker
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