[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 119: Globally Coordinated Transfer Policy

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Mon Oct 11 13:34:47 EDT 2010

On 10/11/2010 10:20 AM, ARIN wrote:
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> Policy Proposal 119: Globally Coordinated Transfer Policy
> Proposal Originator: Chris Grundemann, Martin Hannigan, Jason Schiller
> Proposal Version: 1.0
> Date: 11 October 2010
> Proposal type: new
> Policy term: permanent
> Policy statement: Any RIR's member may transfer IPv4 addresses to the
> member of another RIR as long as the two RIRs agree and exercise
> Internet stewardship and the values expressed in RFC2050.
> Rationale: Since individual RIRs now allow transfers, it makes sense to
> be able to transfer between regions as well.
> Timetable for implementation: upon ratification of all five RIRs
> Timetable for de-implementation: upon change to this policy text in any RIR

I disagree with the specific implementation but agree with the general
thrust of it.  I would prefer that any globally coordinated transfer
policy such as this would do the following:

1) explicitly set a minimum size of the block.  RFC's can be superseded.
And we do not want a lot of bifurcation of the ownership of the blocks.
/9's. /10's, I can see.  But as you get smaller and smaller the reasons
for allowing this rapidly get fuzzier and fuzzier.

2) Mandate that the transfer is RIR-to-RIR.  The correct verbage would 
be something along the lines of:

Any RIR's member may request their RIR to permit an IPv4 address 
transfer of their IPv4 to another RIR that is earmarked for assignment 
to a member of that RIR.

3) I also want to see an expiration if the transfer fails.  The verbage
would be something like:

In the event that the directed assignment fails due to the receiving
RIR rejecting the assignment, the earmark will expire in 6 months and 
the addresses will revert to the original RIR


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