[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2014-5: Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations

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Wed Jan 29 10:27:08 EST 2014

On 24 January 2014 the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) accepted 
"ARIN-prop-197 Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations" as a Draft Policy.

Draft Policy ARIN-2014-5 is below and can be found at:

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Policy 2014-5 on the Public Policy Mailing List.

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of this draft policy with ARIN's Principles of Internet Number Resource 
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  * Enabling Fair and Impartial Number Resource Administration
  * Technically Sound
  * Supported by the Community

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Draft Policy ARIN-2014-5
Remove 7.2 Lame Delegations

Date: 29 January 2014

Problem Statement:

Section 7.2, asking ARIN to resolve Lame Delegations in in-addr.arpa, 
was established almost 10 years ago. While there may be real lameness 
problems in the in-addr.arpa tree, this should no longer be part of ARIN 
policy for two reasons:

1) NRPM should primarily be used to determine when requestors do, and do 
not, qualify for number resources because that's what ARIN's purpose is 
relevant to. ARIN is not an operational technical body, and its policy 
should only regulate activities ARIN is designed to participate in.

1a) We don't put text about how to operate Whois or RWhois or IRR in 
NRPM, so we should not put in text about how to operate DNS.

2) ARIN has never effectively implemented this. If there's still a need, 
it should be addressed directly with ARIN management and staff for 

Policy statement:

Remove section 7.2

a.Timetable for implementation: Immediate
b.Anything else:

7.2. Lame Delegations in IN-ADDR.ARPA

ARIN will actively identify lame DNS name server(s) for reverse address 
delegations associated with address blocks allocated, assigned or 
administered by ARIN. Upon identification of a lame delegation, ARIN 
shall attempt to contact the POC for that resource and resolve the 
issue. If, following due diligence, ARIN is unable to resolve the lame 
delegation, ARIN will update the Whois database records resulting in the 
removal of lame servers.

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