[arin-ppml] Change of Use and ARIN (was: Re: AFRINIC And The Stability Of The Internet Number Registry System)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Tue Sep 7 12:26:53 EDT 2021

On 7 Sep 2021, at 11:54 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com<mailto:owen at delong.com>> wrote:

As it turns out, we already handle situations like this as ARIN customers who receive number resources make certain representations about their need/intended utilization for the resources.  There are occasions where we have to go back and review the actual deployment of the addresses – and that can become a rather detailed process for folks who don’t have any alignment between their claimed intended usage and apparent reality.

If my claimed intended usage were:

We will number X internet connected hosts on our own infrastructure

That is fine and routinely satisfied.

and Y internet connected hosts on our customers’ networks.

That’s not considered part of your technical need for your organization's network, and would be excluded.

Would ARIN decline such a request? If so, where in policy is the basis to decline such a request?

The portion related to another organization’s technical need for number resources would be declined, as the conservation principle in NRPM section 1 requires that ARIN issues number resources to organizations based on their _technical need_ in support of operational networks –

1. Principles and Goals of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
1.2. Conservation
The principle of conservation guarantees sustainability of the Internet through efficient utilization of unique number resources.

Due to the requirement for uniqueness, Internet number resources of each type are drawn from a common number space. Conservation of these common number spaces requires that Internet number resources be efficiently distributed to those organizations who have a technical need for them in support of operational networks.

If for some reason you’d like the concept of “technical need" for number resources to somehow be redefined to encompass your financial desire to satisfy the number resource needs of other organizations, then submit a proposal to change policy accordingly for consideration by the ARIN community.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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