[arin-ppml] Draft Policy 2010-10 (Global Proposal):GlobalPolicy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion- Last Call (textrevised)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Wed Nov 3 01:08:01 EDT 2010

On Nov 3, 2010, at 12:53 AM, Jim Fitzgerald wrote:

> I question how seriously ARIN is even paying attention to active recovery of legacy resources.  I personally informed ARIN of two /24's assigned to defunct customers of ours that should be reclaimed.  These were ARIN direct assignments from the 90's.  No action has transpired.  We're announcing both currently and have been for 7+ years.  Both clients have been dead for 3+ years, there are no hosts in this space -- we're announcing it but its otherwise un-routed on our network.   The space was only noticed by us when we completed an audit of our IPv4 database.
> Irrespective of "exertion of authority", how about lets reclaim the easy ones such as the two I just turned in.  If not even that can happen, how do I have confidence that ARIN is properly pressuring those who may be squatting on unused space simply because they signed up for it in 1990?  I don't take that an organization signed up for resources in the distant past to be an acceptable reason to permit such organizations to squat on the resources unused.  
> I would encourage the community to favor and advocate for policies that will impart a bit of "stick" to the process.

Jim - 
  As noted earlier, there is significant interest in reclaiming resources from organizations which are defunct.  Presently, there is a lack of policy in this area, so ARIN has no direction to "pressure those who may be squatting on unused space simply because they signed up for it in 1990".  We do occasionally see attempts to hijack such space, and can revoke subsequent to a fraud report, and may soon have some recovery of blocks when they have no valid POCs, but at present the most likely path that completely unused space with active contact is going to come back into the system is via the specified transfer policy.  I know that may not be your own preference, but it at least results in overall improved IPv4 resource utilization.


John Curran
President and CEO

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