[arin-ppml] Preemptive IPv6 assignment

Heather Schiller heather.skanks at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 14:40:43 EDT 2010

Obtaining v6 address space is not the problem, deployment is.  Giving
people IPv6 space is *not* the same thing as deployment.  If getting
space is the problem, that should be addressed in policy.  Unlike a
couple of years ago, we aren't hearing a cacophony of folks who can
not get an IPv6 prefix.  It's likely that most people who want space
can get it, more importantly they can get it in a timely manner that
would not interfere with their deployment plans.   Massively assigning
space doesn't come with a person to design your addressing plan,
updated software tools to support and configure, or turn v6 on your

In fact, I would argue against forced assignment - because monitoring
number of requests from the RIR may be a useful measure of potential
v6 adoption - if nothing else, it's an indication of the number of
organizations who have given it enough consideration to request a
prefix.  By letting folks request v6 on their own, you have a handy
list of folks who need outreach.


On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> Over the course of the week I've had the opportunity to talk to a
> number of wonderful folks in the operator community here at the
> meeting in Atlanta. As expected we often talked of IPv6 and in some
> cases the conversation wandered to a question that has puzzled me for
> some time:
> "Why not look in the BGP table, take every announced ARIN AS number
> and preemptively assign IPv6 addresses to each associated organization
> that doesn't already have them? Not forever of course... give it three
> years and then the assignments evaporate unless claimed by signing an
> RSA and paying the annual fees."
> When I posed this question the responses were largely variants on,
> "That would make too much sense."
> So I put it to the list. Have we some stick rammed far enough up our
> collective backside that we're willing to tell people: you MUST deploy
> IPv6, it alone will save the Internet's soul. And oh by the way you
> need our permission to start for real. So fill out the form, make your
> checks payable and we'll get back to you.
> For your consideration,
> Bill Herrin
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