[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
Wed Sep 8 22:05:48 EDT 2021


On 8 Sep 2021, at 4:30 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com<mailto:owen at delong.com>> wrote:

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I am unaware of the ARIN Board ever proposing policy aside from the circumstances in 2009 regarding the need for a usable transfer policy.

Then you are forgetting two additional incidents…

+ The sudden retirement of the IPv4 aggregation policy
+ The suspension (and subsequent rewrite) of the Waiting List policy

Admittedly in both of these cases, the board was suspending/terminating existing policy, but a deletion of a policy or a rewrite still amounts to the board changing policy.

Owen -

Suspension of policy does not equate to “proposing policy” - The ARIN PDP provides that mechanisms for the ARIN Board to handle the situation where changing circumstance requires that policy be suspended so that the community can have time to review and develop updated policy as they see fit for the changing circumstances.

The community can only develop policy so quickly, and yet significantly changed circumstances may require that the registry suspend policy to prevent harm to the community and/or the mission.  Both of the situations you listed above are cases where the ARIN Board acted with due care to suspend policy that had a high risk of number resources being issued contrary to the purposes of the current policy and in both cases the community responded with the updated policy it felt most appropriate.

FYI,
/John

John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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