[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2017-4: Remove Reciprocity Requirement for Inter-RIR Transfers

Scott Leibrand scottleibrand at gmail.com
Mon Apr 10 17:10:44 EDT 2017

I support this draft policy in principle, and am OK with it as written, as
I think it accomplishes the laudable goal of allowing IPv4 transfers to
more organizations who need them.

I do have one quibble, which is that the "only when" language seems to be
premised on the idea that each region should have similar numbers of IP
addresses *per region*.  Since addresses are not used by RIRs, but by
networks serving end users, I think this is an extremely artificial
construction, and is unnecessary.  I would prefer that the "only when"
language be removed, or replaced with language measuring something
meaningful, like IPv4 addresses per capita.  That said, I do *not* oppose
this proposal on those grounds, as long as the practical effect remains
that it opens up inter-RIR transfers to LACNIC and AfriNIC (the only two
RIRs who can't receive such transfers today).


On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 1:39 PM, ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:

> On 05 April 2017, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) accepted "ARIN-prop-236:
> Remove Reciprocity Requirement for Inter-RIR Transfers" as a Draft Policy.
> Draft Policy ARIN-2017-4 is below and can be found at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2017_4.html
> You are encouraged to discuss all Draft Policies on PPML. The AC will
> evaluate the discussion in order to assess the conformance of this draft
> policy with ARIN's Principles of Internet number resource policy as stated
> in the Policy Development Process (PDP). Specifically, these principles are:
>  * Enabling Fair and Impartial Number Resource Administration
>  * Technically Sound
>  * Supported by the Community
> The PDP can be found at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html
> Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/index.html
> Regards,
> Sean Hopkins
> Policy Analyst
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
> Draft Policy ARIN-2017-4: Remove Reciprocity Requirement for Inter-RIR
> Transfers
> Problem Statement:
> AFRINIC and LACNIC are currently considering one-way inter-RIR transfer
> proposals. Those RIR communities feel a one-way policy a policy that allows
> network operators in their regions to obtain space from another region and
> transfer it into AFRINIC and LACNIC may best meet the needs of the
> operators in that region.
> ARIN staff, in reply to an inquiry from AFRINIC, have formally indicated
> that ARINs 8.4 policy language will not allow ARIN to participate in such
> one-way transfers. The staff formally indicate to AFRINIC that the word
> reciprocal in 8.4 prohibits ARIN from allowing ARIN-registered space to
> transfer directly to AFRINIC (in this context).
> ARIN as a community should recognize that other RIR operator communities
> have different needs than we do. We should recognize that:
> - network operators in AFRINIC in LACNIC have need to obtain space in the
> market;
> - have reasons they think are important to not allow two-way transfers; and
> - we should understand that the history of the RIR system has led to
> LACNIC and AFRINIC having multiple orders of magnitude less IPv4 address
> space than ARIN does.
> Policy statement:
> Add the following sentence after the first sentence of NRPM 8.4:
> Inter-regional transfers may take place to an RIR without a reciprocal
> inter-regional transfer policy only when the recipient RIR has less IPv4
> address space in its inventory than the global average of RIR IPv4 address
> inventories.
> Timetable for implementation: Upon the ratification of any inter-RIR
> transfer policy at another RIR that is one-way as described in the problem
> statement.
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