[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: Protective Usage Transfer Policy for IPv4 Address - Abandoned

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Tue Mar 24 11:48:41 EDT 2009

Policy Proposal 83
Protective Usage Transfer Policy for IPv4 Address

On 19 March 2009 the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) abandoned Policy
Proposal 83: Protective Usage Transfer Policy for IPv4 Address. The AC
provided the following explanation of their decision:

“The Advisory Council, seeing little support and a large amount of
opposition on PPML for the Policy Proposal 83 - Protective Usage
Transfer Policy for IPv4 Address has decided to abandon it. Further, the
Advisory Council believes that the specific issues raised in this
proposal are adequately addressed by existing policy allowing critical
infrastructure providers to obtain assignments directly from ARIN.

Therefore, if critical infrastructure providers believe they need
protected resources to guarantee the availability of Internet critical
infrastructure they provide, they should obtain resources directly from
ARIN, see NRPM 4.4 and 6.10.

However, beyond the specific issues raised in this proposal, several
more general issues and questions were raised in the discussion of this
proposal. The Advisory Council intends to investigate some of these
general issues and questions at a workshop in April. Additionally, the
Advisory Council encourages feedback on PPML regarding these general
issues and questions.”

The AC abandoned the proposal. Per the ARIN Policy Development Process,
“Any member of the community, including a proposal originator, may
initiate a Discussion Petition if they are dissatisfied with the action
taken by the Advisory Council regarding any specific policy proposal. If
successful, this petition will change the policy proposal to a draft
policy which will be published for discussion and review by the
community on the PPML and at an upcoming public policy meeting.” Note
that we have passed the deadline for petitions for the upcoming meeting
in San Antonio (as posted to PPML on 9 March 2009); a successful
petition at this time would be for the Fall ARIN meeting.

The deadline to start a proposal petition is 30 March 2009. Petitions
must include the proposal and a petition statement. Once begun, a
petition lasts for 5 business days. Success is measured as support from
at least 10 different people from 10 different organizations. Should an
actual petition begin, ARIN staff will post additional information.

The text for Draft Policies and Proposals is available at:

The ARIN Policy Development Process is available at:


Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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Member Services wrote:
> Policy Proposal
> Protective Usage Transfer Policy for IPv4 Address
> The proposal originator submitted a revised version of the proposal.
> The AC will review this proposal at their next regularly scheduled
> meeting and decide how to utilize the proposal. Their decision will be
> announced to the PPML.
> In the meantime, the AC invites everyone to comment on this proposal on
> the PPML, particularly their support or non-support and the reasoning
> behind their opinion. Such participation contributes to a thorough
> vetting and provides important guidance to the AC in their deliberations.
> The ARIN Policy Development Process can be found at:
> http://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html
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> Regards,
> Member Services
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
> #####
> Policy Proposal Name: Protective Usage Transfer Policy for IPv4 Address
> Proposal Originator : Christopher A. Quesada
> Proposal Version: 2
> Date: 5 March 2009
> Policy statement:
> Critical infrastructure providers may appeal to ARIN for final review
> and approval of any full or partial transfer of IPv4 address space that
> has been in use by the critical infrastructure serving the community for
> five consecutive years or more.  Such appeal may result in a partial or
> full approval of the requested transfer, or rejection of the transfer if
> it lacks appropriate rationale, justification, or interferes with the
> seamless operation of such critical infrastructure or hardship to the
> provider.
> Rationale:
> Protection of critical infrastructure providers of the Internet,
> including public exchange points, core DNS service providers (e.g.
> ICANN-sanctioned root, gTLD, and ccTLD operators) as well as the RIRs
> and IANA is necessary in order to ensure the continuous operation of the
> Internet for its global service community.  It is possible for an
> organization to transfer an aggregate IPv4 address resource containing
> allocations/assignments downstream supporting critical infrastructure
> (as defined in ARIN’s Number Resource Policy Manual).  This policy is
> intended to protect that critical infrastructure by allowing for the
> review and final approval of such transfer by ARIN, upon appeal by the
> critical infrastructure provider to ARIN, within a sixty day period of
> the transfer notification if such transfer would interfere with the
> continuous and seamless operation of that critical infrastructure or
> hardship to the provider.  Review of the transfer can consist of a
> request by ARIN to the transferring organization for a rationale for
> such transfer.  This may include but not be limited to, a requirement
> for the receiving party to submit the appropriate network request form
> identifying the need and justification for the aggregate IPv4 address
> resource.
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