[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2011-1: ARIN Inter-RIR Transfers - revised

Scott Leibrand scottleibrand at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 16:33:18 EDT 2011

On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM, Kevin Kargel <kkargel at polartel.com> wrote:
> I hear what you are saying Owen, but I still feel that if we have excess space the more reasonable and efficient option would be to return the space to IANA or whatever "up the food chain" entity is appropriate.
> Responsibly returning space for redistribution would fend off any accusations of selfishness or self interest.  Instead of making us look "arrogant and greedy" as it would if we were hoarding, returning space would let us avoid being accused of being dictatorial or uncooperative in our behaviors as citizens of the global community.
> IANAL (npi) and I have not gone through the agreements with IANA, are there provisions dictating ARIN's behavior in the event that we find ourselves with a surplus of space?

Take a look at ARIN-2011-9 Global Policy for post exhaustion IPv4
allocation mechanisms by the IANA.  That defines a mechanism for IANA
to distribute space if they happen to receive it, either from RIRs or
from Legacy address holders directly.

The problem is, I don't think there'll be very many organizations
choosing to return space, so in addition to passing ARIN-2011-9, I
think we also need to pass ARIN-2011-1, so that organizations who
don't want to (or can't) return space for free can still get it into
more efficient use via transfer.


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