[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2008-6: Emergency Transfer Policy forIPv4 Addresses

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Tue Aug 26 15:33:21 EDT 2008

I am having trouble understanding this proposal and seek clarification. 

1. How does this "emergency" transfer proposal relate to Policy Proposal
2008-2, the other transfer policy proposal? Is it considered a
supplement to that proposal or a substitute for it?

2. How does one engage in a transfer "without the active involvement of
ARIN as an intermediary" when the recipient of the transfer must
"document operational need in accordance with current ARIN policy" and
sign an RSA "covering those resources in advance of transfer"? 

Milton Mueller
Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies
XS4All Professor, Delft University of Technology
Internet Governance Project:

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> Subject: [arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2008-6: Emergency 
> Transfer Policy forIPv4 Addresses
> On 21 August 2008, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) concluded its review
> of "Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses" and accepted it as a
> formal policy proposal for discussion by the community.
> The proposal is designated Policy Proposal 2008-6: Emergency Transfer
> Policy for IPv4 Addresses. The proposal text is below and can 
> be found at:
> http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2008_6.html
> All persons in the community are encouraged to discuss Policy Proposal
> 2008-6 prior to it being presented at the ARIN XXII Public Policy
> Meeting. Both the discussion on the Public Policy Mailing List
> and at the Public Policy Meeting will be used to determine 
> the community
> consensus regarding this policy proposal.
> AC shepherds for this proposal are Owen DeLong and Stacy Hughes.
> The ARIN Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process can be found at:
> http://www.arin.net/policy/irpep.html
> ARIN's Policy Proposal Archive can be found at:
> http://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/proposal_archive.html
> Regards,
> Member Services
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
> ## * ##
> Policy Proposal 2008-6
> Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses
> Author: Bill Darte
> Proposal Version: 1.0
> Submission Date:  August 15, 2008
> Proposal type: New
> Policy term:  Temporary
> Policy statement:
> 8.2.1 Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses
> For a period of 3 years from policy implementation, transfer of ARIN
> IPv4 addresses between two entities in the ARIN region, without the
> active involvement of ARIN as an intermediary, will be considered
> legitimate and will be documented accordingly under the following
> conditions:
> 1.  Transfer takes place from a holder of IPv4 addresses recognized by
> ARIN as the legitimate and exclusive holder of those resources.
> 2.  Transfer takes place to a recipient that has documented 
> operational
> need in accordance with current ARIN policy and that signs an RSA with
> ARIN covering those resources in advance of transfer.
> 3.  Transfer of addresses takes place in such a way that the original
> contiguous block(s) are not disaggregated into more than 4 resultant
> network blocks each being greater than or equal to the current minimum
> sizes specified in applicable ARIN policy.
> 4.  Transfer is complete and unrestricted and is supported by
> documentation that ARIN deems satisfactory.
> Rationale:
> In order for ARIN to fulfill its mission and to facilitate a 
> continuing
> supply of IPv4 address resources to its service community when ARIN
> resources are no longer adequate, and to preserve the integrity of
> documentation and ARIN services for those resources, this 
> policy may be
> implemented.  Its intent is to preserve the current tradition of
> need-based allocation/assignments for those still needing 
> IPv4 resources
> during a transition period as the industry adopts IPv6. This policy is
> not intended to create a 'market' for such transfers and does not
> introduce or condone the monetization of address resources or 
> a view of
> addresses as property.  It does recognize that organizations making
> available unused or no longer needed address resources may 
> incur certain
> costs that might be compensated by those acquiring the 
> resources.  This
> policy is intended to be transient and light-weight and does not
> encourage a sustained or continuing role for IPv4, but rather helps to
> mitigate a transitional crisis that may emerge while the 
> industry adopts
> IPv6 in accordance with the recommendation of ARIN's Board of 
> Trustees.
> Timetable for implementation:
> This policy, once ratified by the ARIN Board of Trustees, would be
> implemented when either the free-pool of IANA addresses is 
> exhausted or
> IPv4 address resources in the ARIN Region reaches a threshold of
> scarcity recognized  by the ARIN Board of Trustees as requiring this
> policy implementation.
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