[arin-ppml] Petition for Discussion of ARIN-prop-136

Martin Hannigan hannigan at gmail.com
Thu Apr 14 00:57:53 EDT 2011

I support this petition.



On Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM, ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:
> The message below started a petition regarding the ARIN Advisory
> Council's decision to abandon ARIN-prop-136. The AC's decision was
> posted by ARIN staff to PPML on 23 March 2011.
> If successful, this petition will change ARIN-prop-136 into a Draft
> Policy which will be published for adoption discussion on the PPML and
> at the Public Policy Meeting in October 2011. If the petition fails, the
> proposal will be closed.
> For this petition to be successful, the petition needs statements of
> support from at least 10 different people from 10 different
> organizations. If you wish to support this petition, post a statement of
> support to PPML on this thread.
> The petition will end 20 April 2011. ARIN staff will post the result of
> the petition to PPML.
> For more information on starting and participating in petitions, see PDP
> Petitions at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp_petitions.html
> The proposal text is below and at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/index.html
> The ARIN Policy Development Process can be found at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html
> Regards,
> Communications and Member Services
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
> #####
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On
>> Behalf Of Benson Schliesser
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 11:28 AM
>> To: ARIN-PPML List
>> Subject: [arin-ppml] Petition for Discussion of ARIN-prop-136
>> As the author of ARIN-prop-136, abandoned by the Advisory Council
>> during their 17-Mar-2011 meeting, I hereby initiate a Discussion
>> Petition of this proposal per the Policy Development Process.
>> In support of this petition, I offer the following considerations:
>> (1) Proposal 136 is fundamentally a recognition of legacy address
>> holders' rights, including the right of self-determination.  The ARIN
>> community must recognize the rights of all participants in order to
>> remain fair and equitable, and should recognize these rights in order
>> to remain relevant in the Internet ecosystem.
>> (2) In the event of conflict between ARIN policy and the actions of
>> legacy address holders, prioritization of Whois data accuracy is in the
>> community interest.  Cooperation with legacy address holders will be
>> more effective than attempts at "enforcement" and will result in more
>> accurate information.  Proposal 136 will enable cooperation with legacy
>> address holders while maintaining useful information in the distributed
>> Whois system.
>> (3) There is pending legal controversy that may be relevant to the ARIN
>> community, which may materially influence our understanding of legacy
>> address holders' rights.  Some results of this controversy might emerge
>> prior to the next public policy meeting, and must be discussed with
>> appropriate timeliness.  Proposal 136 will provide a much-needed focal
>> point for such discussion.
>> Additionally, I would offer the following observation about the process
>> by which proposal 136 was abandoned:  Specific opinions opposing this
>> proposal were offered by an ARIN officer, to the AC and others.  These
>> opinions were offered with an inappropriately definitive tone and may
>> have influenced the premature abandonment of discussion.  It is in the
>> interest of the community to continue discussion of this proposal and
>> to develop a better understanding of the issues.
>> It is my committed intent, as author and petitioner, to collaborate
>> with the community on the development of this proposal.  If this
>> Discussion Petition is successful I will welcome input from the
>> Advisory Council and ARIN community, as well as other Internet
>> stakeholders and legal experts.  I look forward to continued discussion
>> and development of this proposal.
>> The current text of ARIN-prop-136 is included below, as posted at
>> http://lists.arin.net/pipermail/arin-ppml/2011-February/020159.html for
>> reference.
>> Cheers,
>> -Benson
>> ## * ##
>> ARIN-prop-136: Services Opt-out Allowed for Unaffiliated Address Blocks
>> Proposal Originator:  Benson Schliesser
>> Proposal Version:  1
>> Date:  23 Feb 2011
>> Proposal type:  New
>> Policy term:  Permanent
>> Policy statement:
>> Add the following to the NRPM:
>> 13.  Unaffiliated Address Blocks
>> 13.x. Opt-out Allowed
>> ARIN provides IP address registry services to all IP address holders in
>> the ARIN region, for all IP address resources that are not registered
>> by
>> another RIR, regardless of whether any given address holder has entered
>> into a services agreement.  However, ARIN will cease providing any
>> registry services for specific IP address resources in the event that
>> the legitimate address holder of an unaffiliated address block, that is
>> an address block that is not covered by an ongoing services agreement,
>> chooses to opt-out of receiving any or all registry services from ARIN.
>> 13.x.1. Requirements for Whois Opt-out
>> In order for an opt-out request for Whois directory services to be
>> valid, the legitimate address holder must agree to provide a
>> replacement
>> directory service reflecting operationally accurate allocation and
>> assignment information for the specified IP number resources.  ARIN
>> will
>> create generic placeholder entries in the ARIN Whois directory for all
>> IP number resources that are removed due to opt-out, and each
>> placeholder entry will include a reference and/or RWhois referral to
>> the
>> replacement directory service.
>> Rationale:
>> This proposal does not seek to replace ARIN-prop-133 but is offered as
>> an exclusive alternative for consideration by the ARIN community, in
>> order to address concerns that it would unfairly harm legacy address
>> holders and/or cause unnecessary damage to the Whois database.
>> Policy Background:
>> This policy attempts to clarify the relationship that ARIN has with
>> legacy address holders.
>> Specifically, this policy recognizes that absent an agreement such as
>> the RSA or LRSA there is no formal relationship with legacy address
>> holders.  At present, however, ARIN continues to provide services to
>> these organizations.  This is done without compensation and potentially
>> in opposition to the legacy address holders' wishes.  As a result of
>> this behavior ARIN has created an illusion of implied authority that
>> exposes ARIN to unacceptable levels of liability, is hindering the
>> development of an open address market (driving it "underground"), and
>> is
>> putting the operational stability of the Internet at risk.  As new
>> services such as RPKI are contemplated this situation becomes even more
>> critical.
>> This policy assumes the tacit consent of all address holders in the
>> region, to receive ARIN registry services and to be governed by ARIN
>> policy, but allows for legitimate address holders of unaffiliated
>> address blocks to explicitly opt-out of any and/or all services.  This
>> approach would allow ARIN to continue providing volunteer services to
>> any member of the legacy community as long as this service was not
>> contrary to their wishes.  Further, it would allow legacy address
>> holders to opt-out of some services such as Whois while continuing to
>> receive other services such as in-addr DNS reverse mapping.
>> In the event that a legacy address holder does opt-out of Whois
>> directory services under this policy, ARIN would require the address
>> holder to provide a replacement directory service and would continue to
>> provide a Whois pointer (such as a RWhois referral) to that service.
>> As
>> a result, the integrity of the distributed Whois database would remain
>> intact and be improved.
>> Timetable for implementation:  Immediately
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