[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2019-19: Require IPv6 Before Receiving Section 8 IPv4 Transfers

Adam Thompson athompson at merlin.mb.ca
Wed Nov 6 16:14:01 EST 2019

I strongly approve of this policy.

I further believe quite firmly that this policy will not be without some legal risk, based on statements made by others in this mailing list.  

However, I believe this is one time where ARIN should happily spend the resources (yes, I understand those come from my various fees) to defend against any lawsuits, rather than avoiding them, in order to further cement the principle that no-one has a inalienable right to *any* IP address, whether v4 or v6.  That principle's soundness and defensibility goes to the very core of ARIN's entire mission, nay, its entire existence.

As to the undue burden argument: I got my first IPv6 netblock up and running using HE's tunnel broker service and BGP4+ on an isolated test VM, all in about half a day.  If one test VM, one free tunnel, and about 4 hours of time constitute an "undue" burden... especially when there's no requirement to leave it up and running.

The requirement introduced by the proposed policy amounts to, IMHO, a one-time competency test, which sounds reasonable to me.


Adam Thompson
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: ARIN-PPML <arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net> On Behalf Of ARIN
> Sent: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:56 AM
> To: arin-ppml at arin.net
> Subject: [arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2019-19: Require IPv6 Before
> Receiving Section 8 IPv4 Transfers
> On 1 November 2019, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) accepted
> "ARIN-prop-278: Require IPv6 Before Receiving Section 8 IPv4 Transfers"
> as a Draft Policy.
> Draft Policy ARIN-2019-19 is below and can be found at:
> https://www.arin.net/participate/policy/drafts/2019_19/
> 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:
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> Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:
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> Regards,
> Sean Hopkins
> Policy Analyst
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
> Draft Policy ARIN-2019-19: Require IPv6 Before Receiving Section 8 IPv4
> Transfers
> Problem Statement:
> On 7 May 2007 the ARIN Board unanimously passed an IPv6 resolution. In
> 2011, the last /8 blocks were assigned to the RIR’s and has now been over
> 4 years since the IPv4 free pool was exhausted at ARIN.
> Now is the time for ARIN to require those who receive transferred IPv4
> space to have in place an operational IPv6 network.
> Policy statement:
> In section 8.5.2, add the following language to the end of the paragraph
> entitled “Operational Use”:
> Such operational network must at minimum include an allocation or
> assignment by ARIN of IPv6 address space under the same Org ID receiving
> the transferred IPv4 space. Such Org must be able to prove this IPv6 space
> is being routed by using it to communicate with ARIN.
> In the event the receiver provides a written statement from its upstream
> that IPv6 connectivity is unavailable, the IPv6 requirement may be waived.
> Timetable for Implementation: Upon Passage
> Anything Else:
> The following was included in the IPv6 resolution:
> BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board of Trustees hereby requests the ARIN
> Advisory Council to consider Internet Numbering Resource Policy changes
> advisable to encourage migration to IPv6 numbering resources where
> possible.
> This proposal is part of an effort to encourage migration to IPv6.
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