[arin-ppml] Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2017-12: POC Notification and Validation Upon Reassignment or Reallocation

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Tue Mar 26 15:50:07 EDT 2019

On 21 March 2019, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) advanced the following 
Draft Policy to Recommended Draft Policy status:

ARIN-2017-12: POC Notification and Validation Upon Reassignment or 

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

You are encouraged to discuss all Recommended Draft Policies on PPML 
prior to their presentation at the next ARIN Public Policy Consultation 
(PPC). PPML and PPC discussions are invaluable to the AC when 
determining community consensus.

The PDP can be found at:

Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:


Sean Hopkins
Policy Analyst
American Registry for Internet Numbers

Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2017-12: POC Notification and Validation 
Upon Reassignment or Reallocation

AC Assessment of Conformance with the Principles of Internet Number 
Resource Policy:

This recommended draft policy: (1) enables fair and impartial number 
administration as it ensures that ARIN has the means to communicate with 
organizations receiving reallocations or detailed reassignments, and 
does so in a clear, complete, concise and unambiguous manner; (2) is 
technically sound in that it supports ARIN’s ability to maintain the 
unique registration of Internet number resources; and (3) has community 

Problem Statement:

Some ISPs assign individuals to be POCs for reassigned blocks without 
consultation of the individual they are inserting into Whois. For 
example, during the reassignment/reallocation process, some large ISPs 
automatically create POCs from their customer’s order form. This process 
is automated for many ISPs and therefore the resulting POCs are not 
validated prior to being created in the ARIN Whois database. This 
creates unknowing POCs that have no idea what Whois is or even who ARIN 
is at the time they receive the annual POC validation email. It can also 
create multiple POCs per email address causing that same person to 
receive a multitude of POC Validation emails each year.

This policy proposal seeks to prevent the situation where a POC is 
unwittingly and unintentionally inserted into Whois. Doing so will 
reduce the significant amount of time that ARIN staff spend fielding 
phone calls from POCs who have no idea they are in Whois.

The proposal will improve the overall POC validation situation, by 
ensuring that all reallocation or detailed reassignment requests are 
related to a pre-existing receiving organization with at least one valid 
POC object, and by requesting that any other existing invalid POC 
objects are validated.

Policy statement:

Insert one new section into NRPM 3:

3.7 POC Notification and Validation Upon Reassignment or Reallocation

When a request for reallocation or detailed reassignment is made to 
ARIN, the receiving organization must already be in the ARIN database 
and associated with at least one validated POC object. If there are no 
validated POC objects associated with the receiving organization, ARIN 
shall reject the request.

In addition to notifying the requester, ARIN will also notify, via 
email, all POCs associated with the receiving organization, whether the 
request was successful or not, and will request validation of any 
invalid POC objects associated with the receiving organization.

Note: Simple reassignments are made without any linkage to an 
organization or POC objects in the ARIN database.

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