[arin-ppml] Fwd: Proposed Revision to 2007-14

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Thu Aug 14 17:23:07 EDT 2008

Here is a revised 2007-14.  It attempts to incorporate the
feedback received from ARIN XXI and the mailing list up
to this point as well as feedback from ARIN staff and
other contributors.


Policy Proposal 2007-14
Resource Review Process

Author: Owen DeLong, Stephen Sprunk

Proposal Version: 3.0

Date: 14 August 2008

Proposal type: modify

Policy term: permanent

Policy statement:

Add the following to the NRPM:

Resource Review

1. ARIN may review the current usage of any resources covered
by an ARIN RSA within the terms of that RSA. The organization
shall cooperate with any request from ARIN for reasonable related

2. ARIN may conduct such reviews:

a. when any new resource is requested,

b. whenever ARIN has reason to believe that the resources were
originally obtained fraudulently, or

c. at any other time without having to establish cause unless a prior
review has been completed in the preceding 24 months.

3. ARIN shall communicate the results of the review to the organization.

4. Organizations found by ARIN to be substantially out of compliance
with current ARIN policy shall be requested or required to return
resources as needed to bring them into (or reasonably close to)  

4a. The extent to which an organization may remain out of compliance
shall be based on the reasonable judgment of the ARIN staff and shall
balance all facts known, including the organizations utilization rate,
available address pool, and other factors as appropriate so as to avoid
forcing returns which will result in near-term additional requests or
unnecessary route de-aggregation.

4b. To the extent possible, entire blocks should be returned. Partial
address blocks shall be returned in such a way that the portion retained
will comprise a single aggregate block.

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

6. Except in cases of fraud, or intentional violations of policy, an
organization shall be given a minimum of six months to effect a return.
ARIN shall negotiate a longer term with the organization if ARIN
believes the organization is working in good faith to substantially
restore compliance and has a valid need for additional time to renumber
out of the affected blocks.

7. ARIN shall continue to maintain the resource(s) while their return or
revocation is pending, except any maintenance fees assessed during
that period shall be calculated as if the return or revocation was  

8. Legacy resources in active use, regardless of utilization, are not
subject to revocation by ARIN. pursuant to this subsection. However, the
utilization of legacy resources shall be considered during a review to
assess overall compliance.

9. In considering compliance with policies which allow a timeframe (such
as a requirement to assign some number of prefixes within 5 years)
failure to comply cannot be measured until after the timeframe specified
in the applicable policy has elapsed. Blocks subject to such a policy
shall be assumed in compliance with that policy until such time as the
specified time since issuance has elapsed.

Delete NRPM sections 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.1.4

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


Under current policy and existing RSAs, ARIN has an unlimited authority
to audit or review a resource holder's utilization for compliance at  
any time
and no requirement to communicate the results of any such review to the
resource holder.

This policy attempts to balance the needs of the community and the
potential for abuse of process by ARIN in a way that better clarifies
the purpose, scope, and capabilities of ARIN and codifies some  
protections for resource holders while still preserving the ability for
ARIN to address cases of fraud and abuse on an expedited basis.

The intended nature of the review is to be no more invasive than
what usually happens when an organization applies for additional
resources. Additionally, paragraph 2c prevents ARIN from doing
excessive without-cause reviews.

The authors believe that this update addresses the majority of the
feedback received from the community to date and addresses
most of the concerns expressed.


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