[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2013-6: Allocation of IPv4 and IPv6 Address Space to Out-of-region Requestors - Revised Problem Statement and Policy Text

David Conrad drc at virtualized.org
Fri Sep 13 17:12:58 EDT 2013


Kevin,

On Sep 13, 2013, at 2:42 PM, Kevin Kargel <kkargel at polartel.com> wrote:
> I still don't see how this is going to be enforceable. To my eye it would entail getting geo-data for all last mile routers that service IP's under ARIN control and having someone or a sophisticated AI bot continuously scanning the BGP tables to enumerate and verify the geo-locations of the endpoints.

Why wouldn't an assertion by the applicant that they run a network in the ARIN region and perhaps a traceroute or two be sufficient to meet the "operating a network located in the ARIN service region" requirement?

> If the idea is just to ask people if they are in the ARIN governance area and make them promise to never move offshore (knowing it will not be subsequently policed) then I submit that the algorithm is way too easy to game by unscrupulous operators and will end up being a token policy that creates more bureaucracy and trouble for legitimate operators.  

I don't see this being significantly different than gaming the "operational needs" requirement. I think the issue here is establishing a policy basis upon which violations, when detected, can be addressed. If it is discovered that someone is getting addresses to stockpile them for later sale, ARIN policy exists to allow ARIN to revoke those addresses.  This draft policy is saying that if someone is getting addresses for use outside ARIN's region, there would be a policy to allow ARIN to address that issue.

And, FWIW, I'll note that both AfriNIC and LACNIC (the remaining RIRs that have not gone into "last /8" policy) require companies to demonstrate in-region legal status and network usage. 

> If you can figure out a way to enforce *and* implement it I would support the policy, but until that time I have to vote "nay".  I suspect that even if it were implemented enforcement would only be possible if it were written with an anti-grandfather clause.

Wait, I liked my grandfather... :) (sorry, not sure what an 'anti-grandfather clause is)

Regards,
-drc

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