[arin-ppml] Leasing (was: Re: IPv4 Update)
jcurran at arin.net
Wed Aug 22 21:18:33 EDT 2012
On Aug 22, 2012, at 9:58 AM, Enrique Garcia <Enrique.Garcia at sidera.net<mailto:Enrique.Garcia at sidera.net>> wrote:
I received an e-mail this morning from a company claiming that IP Space can now be leased.
Was just wondering if this was legal.
If by "legal", you mean "in compliance with the community number resource
management policy in this region", then perhaps I can provide some insight.
Internet service providers routinely provide IP address assignments as part
of their Internet services bundle, and those assignments are not permanent
in nature but only for the duration of the service agreement. Many would
consider such assignments to be "leased IP address space".
Organizations receiving IP address space (as the recipient of a transfer or
via allocations of IP address space from the free pool) as an ISP must meet
the LIR definition (per NRPM 2.4) and that means "primarily assigning address
space to the users of the network services that it provides." End-users
receiving transfers or assignments of IP address space from the free pool
must meet the End-user definition (per NRPM 2.6) during their request which
requires they be receiving space to be used "exclusively for use in its
Ergo, the "leasing" of recently received space could reasonably raise
concern about whether the request to ARIN for that space was made with
full sincerity, and organizations would be advised not to request to receive
IP address from the free pool or as the recipient of a transfer if their intent
is to "lease" the space rather then use it for their network service customers
(if an ISP) or use it for their own network (if they applied as an end-user.)
There has been no policy development specifically regarding leasing as an
appropriate/inappropriate use of held IP address space, so ARIN does not
have a position either way (aside from the case above of insuring that
requests to receive additional address space are made in good faith based
on existing definitions of usage.) Obviously, individual Internet service
providers may have their own views on handling of "leased" address space,
depending on any number of factors including registrant and block size.
I hope this helps somewhat in understanding the situation, recognizing
that it is not likely to be as complete an answer as you would have liked.
President and CEO
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