[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 101: Multihomed initial allocationcriteria - revised

Chris Grundemann cgrundemann at gmail.com
Wed Dec 30 12:32:31 EST 2009

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 09:56, Martin Hannigan <marty at akamai.com> wrote:
> On Dec 30, 2009, at 11:43 AM, Member Services wrote:
>> Modify item letter "d." under section Initial allocation
>> criteria to the following:
>> d. be an existing, known ISP in the ARIN region
>> or
>> have a plan for making at least 200 end-site assignments to other
>> organizations within 5 years
>> or
> Isn't being in the ARIN region already implied and why do we keep
> perpetuating this ambiguous language?

The first two statements are unchanged from current policy.  This
proposal is simply to add the third, multihomed criteria as an option.
In the interest of keeping things simple, I was trying to only change
one thing at a time.

As i see it we have two options: a sweeping re-write of section 6 (or
major portions of section 6) such as the abandoned  pp103 and new
pp106 propose or an incremental approach that nibbles away at the
problems and slowly transforms section 6 into better policy.  I am
obviously taking the latter approach, perhaps to too extreme a degree.

I would appreciate feedback on three questions:

1) Ignoring the unchanged policy bits, do you support the change being proposed?
2) Would you rather see a more sweeping change? I think your answer
here is yes which makes the third question more relevant:
3) Where should the line be drawn? Rewrite the whole initial
allocation criteria section ( The entire initial allocation
section (6.5.1)? All of the "Policies for allocations and assignments"
(6.5)? Or the entire section?

It has been my experience that the smaller bite approach to policy
change is easier to get right because there are less moving parts and
knobs to turn in each individual proposal and thus easier to get the
community to coalesce.


> Why can't we write in english and write something like:
> "Be engaged in providing internet based services to end users or other
> networks and have a documented plan to assign at least 200 end-sites within
> five years".
> Best,
> -M<
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