[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2021-6: Permit IPv4 Leased Addresses for Purposes of Determining Utilizatio

Andrew Dul andrew.dul at quark.net
Mon Aug 8 15:11:46 EDT 2022

ARIN Draft Policy 2021-6 was retitled earlier this year as “Permit IPv4 
Leased Addresses for Purposes of Determining Utilization for Future 
Allocations” and the text was also updated based upon feedback from the 
community at the Fall 2021 meeting.


The draft did not receive sufficient support in the shepherds opinion to 
move this policy toward a recommended draft policy. Since this time the 
shepherds have been discussing with various members of the Internet 
Community and the ARIN AC on a possible path forward for this draft policy.

One of the ideas was to take a look at the problem statement and perhaps 
update and clarify the problem statement in hopes that this process 
would provide additional ideas to move the process forward.

The current draft policy problem statement is as follows:

Problem Statement: Current ARIN policy prevents the use of leased-out 
addresses as evidence of utilization.

Some contributors have suggested that there are perhaps two or more 
issues that are attempting to be solved here.

     Organizations would like the ability to lease some of their address 
space and not limit the receipt of future IPv4 transfers due the fact 
that ARIN’s evaluation of utilization considers leased space today to be 

     Organizations who wish to obtain address space are not able to 
pledge the address space as collateral in a financial transaction.  The 
RSA and ARIN policy today limit the ability of IPv4 address resources to 
be transferred to another party (financier) without that party showing 
need for use on an operational network.

We invite your feedback on these thoughts and ideas to help us rework 
the problem statement and future policy language solving these issues.

In particular, do you believe the problem statement needs to be 
rewritten to clarify the issue the Internet Community is trying to solve 

If so, what problem or problems do you believe that the Internet 
Community needs to solve and what problem statement(s) make sense to 
restart the conversation around this topic?

Thanks in advance for your feedback,


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