[ARIN-Suggestions] Response to Suggestion 2013.22 - Sunsetting of RWhois Support [Updated]

ARIN info at arin.net
Mon Nov 18 13:53:00 EST 2013

ARIN has issued its initial response to ACSP Suggestion 2013.22. The 
suggestion and response text are provided below. This suggestion remains 
open and is available at:



Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

Suggestion: *

With the new restful services now available to organizations, perhaps 
now is the time to consider sun-setting the old rwhois support.

This is not a request for ARIN to immediately remove support for rwhois 
but a request for ARIN to engage the community to determine if a 
timeline should be set to deprecate support for rwhois.


Thank you for your suggestion numbered 2013.22 - Sunsetting of rwhois 

A new protocol called RDAP is being created within the IETF by the 
WEIRDS Working Group. RDAP is envisioned to replace Rwhois services. 
Once the standard is finalized, ARIN will work on the following two 

1) Make ARIN's existing RESTful directory Service compliant with the 
RDAP IETF standard.

2) If there is community demand, ARIN will create a public domain 
implementation of a stand-alone RDAP server. This package can then be 
used as a replacement of Rwhois for those ISPS that currently run Rwhois.

Additionally, some policy action and/or community consultation will need 
to be completed to RWhois with this new emerging RDAP standard.

Thank you for participating in the ARIN suggestion process and note that 
we will leave this suggestion open until we can begin work on the 
activities described above.
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