[arin-ppml] Revision to Policy Proposal: Sunset 2008-6/2009-1 on schedule

John Schnizlein schnizlein at isoc.org
Tue Apr 7 12:06:13 EDT 2009

I fear that some revisionist history (at least different from what I  
saw) has crept into the discussion.

The long discussion of Policy Proposal 2008-2 IPv4 Transfer Policy  
came to an end October when it did not reach consensus in the room in  
LA.  While there were several sources of its failure, one that I heard  
from many people was that it was too complicated.  That this  
complication spelled its doom might have been clear from the results  
of the survey taken in advance of the meeting.  Although that survey  
indicated strong support for a transfer policy (86.7% to 13.3%  
question 11) the question was conditioned "consistent with your  
answers above", and others on which there was contention.   
Requirements for signing an RSA (57.1% to 42.9% in favor), pre- 
qualification of the donor (51% to 49% in favor), and pre- 
qualification of the recipient (71.9% to 28.1% in favor) indicated  
divided opinion on complicating terms.

On the subject of sunset (expiration of the policy) there was  
contention with 44.5% in favor and 55.5% against.

The simple alternative Policy Proposal 2008-6 Emergency Transfer  
Policy was introduced as a fall-back waiting in the shadow of the  
complicated 2008-2, and won at the end of vigorous discussion in LA.   
Emergency Transfer has been argued, mostly by those who oppose any  
transfer policy, as safer than a policy without a sunset because it is  
made deliberately provisional.  Partly taking back the transfer policy  
might appeal to those who oppose it, and reasonable arguments have  
been put forward that the specified end of transfers undermines the  
intent of the transfer policy.

Now that RIPE and APNIC have transfer policies (at different stages of  
completion), the argument for similar policies among regions works  
against "restoring" a clause in the Emergency Transfer policy that was  
not strongly supported in the poll.  Re-surveying with the same  
questions as last year (possibly with more clarity about who is  
required to pre-qualify in questions 5 &6) might indicate if the  
balance of views has actually changed.


On 2009Apr7, at 9:58 AM, Member Services wrote:

> Policy Proposal Name: Sunset 2008-6/2009-1 on schedule
> Policy Rationale:  Part of the policy that the community developed  
> consensus
> for in 2008-6  included a sunset clause.  The ARIN Board in an  
> unprecedented
> action chose to discard this clause while approving the remainder of  
> the
> remainder of the policy. This proposal is intended to restore the  
> will of the
> community and ensure that this policy remains temporary as intended.

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