[arin-ppml] LAST CALL - Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2017-8: Amend Community Networks
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Mon Apr 23 15:16:57 EDT 2018
The ARIN Advisory Council (AC) met on 18 April 2018 and decided to
send the following Recommended Draft Policy to Last Call:
ARIN-2017-8: Amend Community Networks
Feedback is encouraged during the Last Call period. All comments should
be provided to the Public Policy Mailing List. Last Call will
expire on 7 May 2018.
The Recommended Draft Policy text is below and available at:
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American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2017-8: Amend Community Networks
AC Assessment of Conformance with the Principles of Internet Number
This proposal is technically sound and enables fair and impartial number
policy by redefining and classifying community networks as an LIR that
may receive a smaller than normal allocation of IPv6, a /40. Except for
the allocation size and a restriction on making reallocations, community
networks will function like any other LIR. Community networks may also
qualify as a regular LIR without any limits on size or reallocations.
This revision addresses all concerns raised, and there appears to be
ample support for the proposal by the community.
The Community Networks section of the NRPM has only been used once since
implementation in January 2010. Proposal ARIN-2016-7, to increase the
number of use cases, was abandoned by the Advisory Council due to lack
of feedback. Proposal ARIN 2017-2, to remove all mention of community
networks from NRPM met with opposition by the community. Many responded
that the definition of "community network" was too narrow, which could
be the reason for lack of uptake.
In the discussion at ARIN 40, it was clear that more than just the
definition of a community network needed revision and that community
networks need to have allocations, not assignments. Additionally,
community networks need to make reassignments to end-users in accordance
with applicable policies.
Replace section 2.11 with the following;
2.11 Community Network
A community network is deployed, operated, and governed by its users,
for the purpose of providing free or low-cost connectivity to the
community it services. Users of the network or other volunteers must
play a primary role in the governance of the organization, whereas other
functions may be handled by either paid staff or volunteers.
Rename section 6.5.9 and revise the last sentence as follows;
6.5.9. Community Network Allocations
While community networks would normally be considered to be ISP type
organizations under existing ARIN criteria, they tend to operate on much
tighter budgets and often depend on volunteer labor. As a result, they
tend to be much smaller and more communal in their organization rather
than provider/customer relationships of commercial ISPs. This section
seeks to provide a policy that is more friendly to those environments by
allowing community network to receive a smaller allocation than other
LIRs or commercial ISPs.
Community networks may also qualify under section 6.5.2 as a regular LIR.
Section 18.104.22.168 is not changing, but is included here for completeness;
22.214.171.124. Qualification Criteria
To qualify under this section, a community network must demonstrate to
ARIN's satisfaction that it meets the definition of a community network
under section 2.11 of the NRPM.
Replace section 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 with the following;
184.108.40.206. Allocation Size
Community networks are eligible only to receive an allocation of /40 of
IPv6 resources under this section. Community networks that wish to
receive a larger initial allocation or any subsequent allocations must
qualify as a regular LIR, see sections 6.5.2 or 6.5.3 respectively.
220.127.116.11. Reassignments by Community Networks
Similar to other LIRs, Community networks shall make reassignments to
end-users in accordance with applicable policies, in particular, but not
limited to sections 6.5.4 and 6.5.5. However, they shall not reallocate
resources under this section.
Timetable for implementation: Immediate
The rationale for restricting community networks that receive resources
through this policy from making reallocations is that a /40 is a tiny
IPv6 allocation and it does not seem reasonable to subdivide such a
small allocation into even smaller reallocations.
Also, the recommended size for reassignment is /48, to even the smallest
end-users, and therefore a /40 only provides 256 such reassignments.
If a community network needs to make reallocations, maybe to other
cooperating community networks in their area, they should apply as, or
become, a regular LIR. As the smallest regular LIR, they would get a
/36, allowing more than sufficient room to subdivide the allocation into
several reasonable sized reallocations as necessary.
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