[arin-ppml] Community Networks (Was Draft Policy ARIN-2016-6: Eliminate HD-Ratio from NRPM)
David R Huberman
daveid at panix.com
Tue Aug 9 22:17:06 EDT 2016
I dug through the archives and wow, this policy (2008-3) had a long
history. It took 21 months from start to finish, was revised 4 times,
and was discussed in 23 separate ARIN AC meetings.
tldr: existing v6 policy in 2008-2009 could not be met by operators of
community networks, due to both the ARIN implementation of what
constitutes an assignment, and a routing requirement (which has since
disappeared from NRPM).
1) Policy rationale (final draft):
This policy was originally proposed by community network operators to
provide them with the ability to receive a direct assignment of IPv6
address resources from ARIN. The operators of such networks have expressed
their need to have a stable and globally unique address assignment with
which to number their network infrastructure. Many such networks are not
able to meet the current criteria for a PI IPv6 assignment from ARIN.
2) In the first Public Policy Meeting this was presented, the topic of
"cannot meet existing policy" was mostly centered around the criterion
that existed of "must announce a single aggregte" into the DFZ. The
presenter (Joshua King) indicated this was not possible for all community
Somewhere along the way between 2008 and today, that "announce one
aggregate" requirement disappeared from NRPM.
3) In the second Public Policy Meeting this was presented, the discussion
centered around how ARIN staff applied IPv6 "you must have this many
assignments" text, and what did (and did not) qualify as an assignment.
The discussion seems to conclude that the proposed Community Networks
policy would relax the requirements (as compared to existing IPv6 policy)
and would allow ARIN staff to say "yes" more so than the NRPM at the
4) [Note to ARIN staff - the link to the PDF of the 2008-3 presentation
for ARIN XXIII has a typo and brings up the PDF for 2009-3, not 2008-3.]
This final PPM presentation is where support for the Caribbean carve-out
became vocal, and the text crystallized into what we have today.
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