[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2010-10 - Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion

Bill Darte BillD at cait.wustl.edu
Mon Aug 30 10:59:34 EDT 2010

PPML Participants....

Below is the most current language for PP 2010-10.  The language will be
'frozen' September 24 for the upcoming Public Policy Meeting discussion
in Atlanta...Oct 6-8
<https://www.arin.net/participate/meetings/ARIN-XXVI/> .

As such, your opportunity to influence language or provide formal input
to the Advisory Council which may result in wording changes, must be
received by September 23.  All previous comments and suggestions from
the PPML, private correspondence, converstations, etc. have been
captured.  Input from the other RIR communities where this 'Global
Policy' is being considered will similarly be captured.  Those inputs
plus whatever we receive between now and the Atlanta meeting will be
brought to the meeting for discussion.

Thanks for your participation in the ARIN Policy Development Process
<https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html>  and in this forum.

Bill Darte
ARIN Advisory Council
Primary Shepherd for PP 2010-10


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Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion
Version/Date: 20 July 2010

Policy statement:

1. Reclamation Pool 
Upon adoption of this IPv4 address policy by the ICANN Board of
Directors, the IANA shall establish a Reclamation Pool to be utilized
post RIR IPv4 exhaustion as defined in Section 4. The reclamation pool
will initially contain any fragments that may be left over in IANA
inventory. As soon as the first RIR exhausts its inventory of IP address
space, this Reclamation Pool will be declared active. When the
Reclamation Pool is declared active, the Global Policy for the
Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space[3] and Policy for
Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries[4] will be
formally deprecated. 

2. Returning Address Space to the IANA
The IANA will accept into the Reclamation Pool all eligible IPv4 address
space that are offered for return. Eligible address space includes
addresses that are not designated as "special use" by an IETF RFC or
addresses allocated to RIR's unless they are being returned by the RIR
that they were orignally allocated to. Legacy address holders may return
address space directly to the IANA if they so choose. 

3. Address Allocations from the Reclamation Pool by the IANA
Allocations from the Reclamation Pool may begin once the pool is
declared active. Addresses in the Reclamation Pool will be allocated on
a CIDR boundary equal to or shorter than the longest minimum allocation
unit of all RIRs in order to complete these allocations.The Reclamation
Pool will be divided on CIDR boundaries and distributed evenly to all
eligible RIR's. Any remainder not evenly divisible by the number of
eligible RIR's based on a CIDR boundary equal to or shorter than the
longest minimum allocation unit of all RIRs will remain in the
Reclamation Pool. Addresses that are left over will be held in the
Reclamation Pool until additional IP addresses can be returned to rejoin
addresses on CIDR boundaries to the Reclamation Pool or a minumum
allocation unit is set to allow allocation from existing inventory. 

4. RIR Eligibility for Receiving Allocations from the Reclamation Pool
Upon the exhaustion of an RIR's free space pool and after receiving
their final /8 from the IANA[3], an RIR will become eligible to request
address space from the IANA Reclamation Pool when it publicly announces
via its respective global announcements email list and by posting a
notice on its website that it has exhausted its supply of IPv4 address
space. Exhaustion is defined as an inventory of less than the equivalent
of a single /8 and the inability to further assign address space to its
customers in units equal to or shorter than the longest of any RIR's
policy defined minimum allocation unit. Any RIR that is formed after the
ICANN Board of Directors has ratified this policy is not eligible to
utilize this policy to obtain IPv4 address space from the IANA. 

5. Reporting Requirements
The IANA shall publish on at least a weekly basis a report that is
publicly available which at a minimum details all address space that has
been received and that has been allocated. The IANA shall publish a
Returned Address Space Report which indicates what resources were
returned, by whom and when. The IANA shall publish an Allocations Report
on at least a weekly basis which at a minimum indicates what IPv4
address space has been allocated, which RIR received the allocation and
when. The IANA shall publish a public notice confirming RIR eligibility
subsequent to Section 4.

6. No Transfer Rights
Address space assigned from the Reclamation Pool may be transferred if
there is either an ICANN Board ratified global policy or globally
coordinated RIR policy specifically written to deal with transfers
whether inter-RIR or from one entity to another. Transfers must meet the
requirements of such a policy. In the absence of such a policy, no
transfers of any kind related to address space allocated or assigned
from the reclamation pool is allowed. 

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