[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2019-7: Elimination of the Waiting List

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Tue Mar 26 15:53:21 EDT 2019

On 21 March 2019, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) accepted 
"ARIN-prop-267: Elimination of the Waiting List" as a Draft Policy.

The Draft Policy text is below and can be found at:

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:

Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:


Sean Hopkins
Policy Analyst
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Draft Policy ARIN-2019-7: Elimination of the Waiting List

Problem Statement:

The ARIN “Unfulfilled Requests” policy (NRPM 4.1.8 et seq) creates an 
opportunity for an ARIN member to claim need for number resources, wait 
for those resources to become available via returns or reclamations, 
acquire them, wait a year and a day, and then profit from them via a 
Section 8.3 transfer.

In a post-depletion environment in which needs for additional number 
resources are met via the secondary market, this policy provides 
valuable number resources essentially for free, creating an opportunity 
for windfall profits and incentivizing various kinds of 
misrepresentation or manipulation of registration services.

ARIN can avoid this problem by abolishing the waiting list and 
transferring returned and reclaimed resources to organizations that have 
qualified via the existing 8.3 process.

Policy Statement:

Delete section 4.1.8. Unmet Requests as well as sections 
Waiting List and Fulfilling Unmet Needs

Add policy section: 4.1.10 - Returned and Reclaimed Resources

ARIN will auction returned and reclaimed IPv4 number resources to 
recipients qualified under Section 8.3. Revenues realized from this 
activity will be allocated for purposes as directed by the Board of 


Timetable for implementation: Immediate

Anything Else

The specific auction methods and implementation details used to 
distribute the returned address pool are outside of the purview of the 
Public Policy Process; they are intentionally left to the Board to sort out.

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