[arin-ppml] Is it time to start requirement to have IPv6 in place before receiving Section 8.5 transfered IPv4 addresses?

hostmaster at uneedus.com hostmaster at uneedus.com
Tue Aug 27 15:06:59 EDT 2019

There has been quite a bit of discussion of the proposals to eliminate the 
wait list by sending freed space to the 4.4 and 4.10 space, and 
eliminating the waiting list.  I have generally been in favor of this 
since 4.10 space has a requirement to have/use IPv6 which I think is 
something that we should consider.

I have been thinking about submitting a proposal to for the first time 
adopt a requirement that anyone receiving 8.5 specified transfers at a 
minimum have an allocation of IPv6 space. Eventually, I would like to go 
farther such as a requirement to actually route and use the IPv6 
allocation before being able to receive 8.5 specified transfers.

The IPv4 /8 pool became empty in 2011, and ARIN has been on empty other 
than 4.4. and 4.10 space.  While the wait list has served many at ARIN, it 
appears that the bulk of the marketplace of IPv4 space is being handled 
under the 8.5 specified transfer process.

I think it is long overdue to start considering an IPv6 requirement on 
these transfers.  Looking at the NRPM, this is what I think would be a 
good proposal:

Current 8.5.2:

ARIN allocates or assigns number resources to organizations via transfer 
solely for the purpose of use on an operational network.

To this I would add, depending on the strength of the statement desired:

An operational network for the purposes of receiving IPv4 resources under 
8.5 must include having an ARIN IPv6 allocation or assignment [and 
advertising and using it on the Internet].

We could simply start by making sure they have IPv6 space before allowing 
8.5 transfers. Later we might consider having to show they are actually 
advertising and using the block before allowing the 8.5 transfers.

What does everyone think.  Is this the right time or not, and what reasons 
do you base this opinion on?

Albert Erdmann
Network Administrator

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