[arin-ppml] Draft Policy 2010-1: Waiting List for Unmet IPv4 Requests

Steve Bertrand steve at ibctech.ca
Wed Jan 27 00:14:51 EST 2010

Steve Bertrand wrote:
> Scott Leibrand wrote:
>> On 1/21/2010 11:45 AM, Member Services wrote:
>>> A. ARIN Staff Comments
>>> • In section 4.1.8, the author says “Repeated requests, in a manner that
>>> would circumvent 4.1.6, are not allowed: an organization may only
>>> receive one allocation, assignment, or transfer every 3 months, but
>>> ARIN, at its sole discretion, may waive this requirement if the
>>> requester can document an unforeseen change in circumstances since their
>>> last request”.
>>> As written, the portion of the policy that starts with “but ARIN, at its
>>> sole discretion” gives no concrete criteria for staff to use in its
>>> assessment of the request. This “exception clause” is open to
>>> interpretation and may not be applied consistently by staff if there are
>>> no guidelines or rules for staff to follow. It essentially allows ARIN
>>> staff to determine the policy criteria for who can or can’t qualify
>>> under this waiver.
>> To address this issue, I have added one more Q&A to the FAQ in the
>> Rationale of this proposal:
>> Q5: What would constitute "an unforeseen change in circumstances since
>> their last request" that would allow ARIN to waive the 3-month delay to
>> receive a second block?
>> A5: This would, of course, be a matter of discretion for ARIN, but the
>> idea here is that the burden of proof is on the requester to document
>> some change in circumstances, that could not have been reasonably
>> foreseen at the time of the original request, that now justifies
>> additional space.  This is intended to be a rarely used safety valve.
> Given that this deals with runout, I'll take my first crack... all
> criticism very welcome (I'm bracing for it ;)
> A5: The use of this 'emergency safety valve' would have the burden of
> proof put upon the requester, as to force them to adequately document a
> significant change in circumstance. The requesters documentation would
> include information on their proper initial due diligence, and reasoning
> for not have been able to foresee such a situation at the time of the
> original request.
> Any and all requests that fall under this 'clause' category shall be
> presented to the ARIN PPML mailing list without any identifying
> information, other than the number of IP blocks that the requester has
> requested within the last 12 months, the number and size of IP blocks
> the requester has received within the last 18? months, and the [due
> diligence] documentation presented with the 'emergency' request.
> The blocks will be provided for distribution to the requester upon
> community consensus, following the same procedures of the PDP, but at
> [expedited pace] timeframe.

This is all of course due to 'trusting' that the Internet community will
vote yay/nay for the proper reasons, not for personal gain...

My intention is solely to have community voting for distribution of
space within the last few blocks for _whoops_ requests like this,
without having the knowledge of who the the requester is.

I don't like ARIN (or anybody) having "sole discretion", and I don't
believe that anyone on the ARIN staff would admire having that
responsibility either.

Gaming is going to happen no matter what. The interesting stories of
2020 will be from the orgs who found their own survival methods, and
hopefully of RIRs who had communities that found a fair way to divvy up
the last piece of the pie.


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