[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2008-6: Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses - Last Call

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Policy Proposal 2008-6
Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses

On 18 December 2008 the ARIN Advisory Council (AC), acting under the
provisions of the ARIN policy development process, determined that the
community supports this proposal and moved it to last call.

Feedback is encouraged during this last call period. All comments should
be provided to the Public Policy Mailing List. This is an extended last
call; it will expire at 23:59 EST, 21 January 2009.

The policy proposal text is provided below and is also available at:

The ARIN Internet Resource Policy Evaluation Process can be found at:


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Policy Proposal 2008-6
Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses

Author: Bill Darte

Date: 21 November 2008

Policy statement:

8.4 Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses

For a period of 3 years from policy implementation, ARIN-region number
resources may be released, in whole or in part, to ARIN or another
organization, by the authorized holder of the resource.

Number resources may only be received under RSA, with demonstrated need,
in the exact amount which they are able to justify under ARIN
resource-allocation policies.


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 reach a threshold of scarcity
recognized by the ARIN Board of Trustees as requiring this policy

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