[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2015-5: Out of region use

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Wed Jul 1 20:56:56 EDT 2015

On Jul 1, 2015, at 8:37 PM, Jimmy Hess <mysidia at gmail.com<mailto:mysidia at gmail.com>> wrote:
The purpose of having multiple RIRs in the first place, instead of one
global GIR    that can  allocate, register, transfer resources in any
region,   is greatly diminished.

Regional Internet registries were established predominantly for distribution
the administration of the Internet number registry system, i.e. not as a way
of managing regional pools of resources, but as a way of providing access
to the global pool of resources via distributed regional locations.  You can
read more about these beginnings in RFC 1174 'IAB Recommended Policy
on Distributing Internet Identifier Assignment and IAB Recommended Policy
Change to Internet "Connected” Status’.

The runout of the regional free pool does not change the reasoning behind
why regional Internet registries help with administration; i.e. providing local
hours and language support, etc.   It does argue that regional registries may
not have reduced need for exclusive service regions (as described in ICANN
ICP-2) -

"Each region should be served by a single RIR, established under one management and in one location. The establishment of multiple RIRs in one region is likely to lead to:

• fragmentation of address space allocated to the region;
• difficulty for co-ordination and co-operation between the RIRs;
• confusion for the community within the region.”

If RIRs do not have to worry about fragmentation during new issuance,
than the first of the bullets above becomes less of any issue.

I would suggest that ARIN perhaps begin to transform itself into a
global registry and drop the  "service region" idea   and   the
"region specific usage ideas"  for all resources and services.

“ARIN transform itself” is probably better said as “The ARIN community
should perhaps discuss the need for the RIR system structure to evolve,
and discussion next steps in this evolution.”, i.e. ARIN staff cannot lead
such discussions; it it up to the global numbers community to discuss and
build consensus on how to best evolve the system.


John Curran
President and CEO

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