[ppml] Revision to 2008-3

Scott Leibrand sleibrand at internap.com
Mon Mar 31 22:05:30 EDT 2008

So under existing policy and with the revised proposal:

  - LIRs (any network with a plan to assign space to 200 customers) can 
get a /32.
  - End users (any multihomed network with ~1000 devices) can get a /48.
  - Community networks (locally-operated networks providing service to 
local residents, with 100 customers and a plan to grow to 200 customers) 
can get a /48.

Under my reading of, a community network meeting the criteria of 
this policy proposal would probably also meet the criteria for getting 
an LIR /32.  Likewise, any local/regional ISP could probably qualify as 
a community network if they chose.

I think the main difference between LIRs and Community networks is the 
distinction between an allocation and an assignment.  Per, LIRs 
get an allocation.  By definition and by policy, that means that they 
are expected to reassign address space to end users, updating whois with 
SWIPs or running an rwhois server as appropriate.  By contrast, 
Community networks under this policy would get an assignment. 
Assignments cannot be reallocated to downstreams, so no SWIP updates or 
rwhois server would be necessary, and the community network would be the 
only point of contact for all issues with their /48.

It seems to me that the policy, as revised, does a good job of creating 
a level playing field while also allowing local/regional networks to 
qualify for and receive, if they choose, a smaller allocation and 
reduced set of services more appropriate to their needs.  Based on this 
reduced set of services, I suspect that anyone choosing to qualify for 
space as a Community network would be charged a fee closer to that of an 
End User, rather than the higher fee charged to LIRs for the larger set 
of reallocation/reassignment services provided.

In summary, I can now fully support 2008-3.


Steve Feldman wrote:
>> 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.
> I'm not entirely comfortable with this definition.
> First, what if I want to donate my help operating a network in some
> other community?  Would that disqualify them?
> Second, I think there does have to be some notion of not-for-profit,
> or some other way to prevent a community network from competing with
> regular ISPs using a more favorable set of rules.
> Also, I'd like to see more explanation of why the current rules for
> LIRs and end users either don't apply or are unworkable for community
> networks.
> I do think the idea has some merit, but I can't support this proposal
> it in its current form.
> 	Steve
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