[arin-ppml] Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2016-2: Change timeframes for IPv4 requests to 24 months

ARIN info at arin.net
Tue Sep 20 20:26:02 EDT 2016

On 15 September 2016, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) advanced the 
following Draft Policy to Recommended Draft Policy status:

ARIN-2016-2: Change timeframes for IPv4 requests to 24 months

The text of the Recommended Draft Policy is below, and may also be found at:

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Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2016-2: Change timeframes for IPv4 
requests to 24 months

Date: 20 September 2016

AC's assessment of conformance with the Principles of Internet Number 
Resource Policy:

2016-2 is one of a set of overlapping policies involving simplification 
of section 8 specified transfer policy.  Each takes a somewhat different 
approach, and all have a degree of community support.  Based on 
community feedback at the upcoming ARIN 38 meeting in Dallas, we hope to 
advance whichever of those proposals is best-supported by the community, 
or craft and advance a unified proposal that incorporates the best 
attributes of the proposals currently on the docket.  Moving 2016-2 to 
Recommended Draft will facilitate moving the best policy forward in a 
timely manner.

Problem Statement:

Disparity in timeframes between pre-approvals for waiting list and 
pre-approval for transfers is creating difficulties for organizations 
that initially apply to be on the waiting list and subsequently elect to 
satisfy their needs through transfers. Therefore, this proposal seeks to 
set all timeframes for IPv4 request approvals to 24 months. Prior to 
runout, such a change could have created great disparity in resource 
distribution just because of coincidence of request timing. With the 
free pool gone, this is no longer an issue.

Policy statement:

The following changes would be made in the NRPM:

1. Retitle section “Three months” to “Time Horizon”.

2. Section body, replace “three months” with “24 months”.

3. Section, replace the term “three months” with “24 months”.

4. Section 4.3.3, replace both instances of “one year” with “24 months”.

5. Section, replace the entire paragraph which currently reads:

"ISPs may request up to a 3-month supply of IPv4 addresses from ARIN, or 
a 24-month supply via 8.3 or 8.4 transfer. Determination of the 
appropriate allocation to be issued is based on efficient utilization of 
space within this time frame, consistent with the principles in 4.2.1.”


“ISPs may request up to a 24-month supply of IPv4 addresses.”


a. Timetable for implementation: Immediate

b.  Clarification of intent - This policy would not affect the existing 
waiting list in any way.  This policy would simply change the 
qualification period to 24 months, so new entrants can go to either the 
bottom of the waiting list or to the transfer market to seek their 
24-month supply.  If an existing entity on the waiting list wants to 
re-qualify and expand their request to a 24-month supply, they would go 
to the end of the list.  Otherwise, they would remain on the waiting 
list with the original approved block size unchanged.   If the 
organization's needs have changed by the time IPv4 space becomes 
available to fill waiting list requests, the organization will be 
re-qualified under the new more lenient 24-month standard, but 
regardless of re-qualification, the organization will not be eligible to 
receive a larger block than they originally qualified for when they were 
placed on the waiting list.

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