[arin-ppml] 2011-1: reciprocity NOT required

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Wed Oct 26 11:23:25 EDT 2011

On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:
> On Oct 26, 2011, at 1:36 PM, William Herrin wrote:
>> Actually, I'm not sure about that last sentence. We've all been
>> assuming that reciprocity is expected, but rereading draft 2011-1 I
>> find no explicit reciprocity requirement. As 2011-1 is understood by
>> ARIN, does an RIR which does not permit its addresses to be
>> transferred out-region but does apply a needs basis of unknown
>> stricture to transfer recipients qualify to receive addresses under
>> 2011-1?
> The RIR must have a compatible, needs-based transfer policy
> which allows them to approved the request to transfer to the
> recipient; there is no reciprocity requirement in 2011-1.

Neat! So under 2011-1 as drafted, APNIC registrants, under APNIC's
nearly completed needs-based allocation policy, may accept addresses
sold by ARIN-region registrants even as APNIC's participants merrily
debate whether and how to permit APNIC region registrants to sell
addresses to ARIN region organizations.

And correct me if I'm wrong, but APNIC uses country-level
sub-registries very differently than ARIN. So, even if APNIC up top
eventually adopts a reciprocal policy, it may be mooted by the
country-level policies.

Congratulations Scott, you've reached the public policy big time now.
You nearly created another not-really "free trade" agreement with

I will now say "I told you so" in two respects:

1. This is why we send new text through parts two and three of the PDP
instead of rushing them to last call in part 4. The vetting of this
brand new text for draft 2011-1 has been inadequate and I doubt we've
yet reached the bottom of the ways in which it abjectly fails to
protect ARIN-region registrants in need of addresses.

2. Asking the board to act as an experts group which certifies the
compatibility of another region's policy, as I proposed both for this
version of the text and for prior ones, would have avoided this
problem and many others. ARIN staff does not have the Board's
latitude; they must go by exactly what the policy says even if it
obviously missed a beat.

Bill Herrin

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