[arin-ppml] LAST CALL - Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: ARIN Waitlist Qualification

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Mon Apr 22 15:01:14 EDT 2024

The ARIN Advisory Council (AC) met on 17 April 2024, and sent the following Recommended Draft Policy to Last Call. 

*Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: ARIN Waitlist Qualification

Feedback is encouraged during the Last Call period. All comments should be provided to the Public Policy Mailing List. Last Call will expire on 6 May 2024.

The Recommended Draft Policy text is below and available at:


The ARIN Policy Development Process is available at:


Eddie Diego
Policy Analyst
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: ARIN Waitlist Qualification

Current Text (27 February 2024)

AC Assessment of Conformance with the Principles of Internet Number Resource Policy:

Draft Policy ARIN-2023-6: Draft ARIN Waitlist Qualification Update, conforms to the principles of the ARIN Policy Development Process. This draft policy is found to be fair, impartial and technically sound. Based on community feedback and AC discussion we motion to move ARIN-2023-6 Draft ARIN Waitlist Qualification Update to Recommended Draft. If adopted this policy aims to clarify qualification requirements for the IPv4 waitlist based on Section 4 Policy. This is achieved by adding a sub section in Section 4.1.8. ARIN Waitlist.

Problem Statement:

Since the depletion of ARIN’s IPv4 address free pool, ARIN now issues general purpose IPv4 addresses exclusively from the Waitlist, which is described in section 4.1.8. ARIN Waitlist. Currently the text found in section 4.2 Allocations to ISPs (Requirements for Requesting Initial Address Space), 4.3 End-users - Assignments to End Users, and 4.5 Multiple Discrete Networks, might give some readers the impression that meeting these conditions is sufficient to justify the issuance of IPv4 addresses. Indeed these requirements do serve to complement section 4.1.8. ARIN Waitlist policy, as necessary - but not sufficient - conditions.

This proposal aims to make explicit the relationship between waitlist policy and the qualification for waitlist space based on section 4.2 for ISPs, section 4.3 for End-users, and section 4.5 for organizations making use of multiple discrete networks.

Policy Statement:

Add: Qualification

ARIN staff will evaluate all Waitlist requests against the requirements of otherwise applicable Section 4 policies.


The working group evaluated the possibility of removing or collapsing 4.2 and 4.3 and their respective subsections. However, there are differences between ISPs and End Users which remain relevant, and ARIN staff references these respective sections when processing Waitlist requests.

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

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