[arin-ppml] ARIN Policy Clarification: Micro-Allocations

John Palmer jpalmer at american-webmasters.net
Wed Apr 14 02:27:55 EDT 2010

In the "ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual" is the following section on micro allocations
"4.4. Micro-allocation
ARIN will make micro-allocations to 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. These allocations will be no 
longer than a /24 using IPv4 or a /48 using IPv6. Multiple allocations may be granted in certain situations. - Exchange point 
allocations MUST be allocated from specific blocks reserved only for this purpose. All other micro-allocations WILL be allocated out 
of other blocks reserved for micro-allocation purposes. ARIN will make a list of these blocks publicly available. - Exchange point 
operators must provide justification for the allocation, including: connection policy, location, other participants (minimum of two 
total), ASN, and contact information. ISPs and other organizations receiving these micro-allocations will be charged under the ISP 
fee schedule, while end-users will be charged under the fee schedule for end-users. This policy does not preclude exchange point 
operators from requesting address space under other policies."

The part the concerns me is that part that says "e.g. ICANN-sanctioned root, gTLD and ccTLD operators".

Excuse me, but since when do DNS operators have to be ICANN sanctioned? You know that there is such a thing called the Inclusive 
Namespace. ICANN is not the only authorized root network operator.

ARIN is supposed to support the whole community, not just the DNS services sanctioned by ICANN.

I would like to propose to the ARIN board that the phrase "(e.g. ICANN-sanctioned root, gTLD and ccTLD operators)" be replaced with 
"(root, gTLD and ccTLD operators)".

My company manages and operates the WorldRoot, an Inclusive Namespace root network and would like to have 13 micro-allocations for 
Anycast operations of our 13 DNS server sets around the world as well as IP6 microallocations in the near future.  As it stands, we 
will probably be able to populate 3 to 4 complete cloneSets (13 servers each) in the next 3 to 5 years. The language in Section 4.4 
of the NRPM seems to exclude our ability to obtain the neccesary number resources and is discriminatory to the Inclusive Namespace 
and therefore in violation of ARIN's mission to serve the ENTIRE North American community.

ARIN Board - please take note of my request and respond.

John Palmer - President
American Webmasters Inc
(operator of the WorldRoot root server network - http://worldroot.net)

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