[ARIN-Suggestions] Response to Suggestion 2015.12: FREE IPV6 FOR IPV4 HOLDERS

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Wed Aug 12 13:59:15 EDT 2015

ARIN has issued its an additional response to ACSP Suggestion 2015.12. 
The suggestion and response text are provided below. This suggestion 
remains closed and is available at:



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

Suggestion: *

Description: I suggest that ARIN adopt a similar policy to APNIC in 
which current holders of IPv4 are automatically eligible to receive IPv6 
free of charge. Under Section 9.3.1. of the [APNIC-127] APNIC Internet 
Number Resource Policies, automatically qualify for IPv6 delegation if 
they hold IPv4 but not IPv6. I suggest that the block received would be 
a /48 - these are in abundance with IPv6 being 128bit. Value to 
Community: This would be extremely valuable to the community and would 
allow organisations who hold IPv4 to receive IPv6 without a long wait time.


10 August 2015
Thanks for your suggestion, numbered 2015.12 upon confirmed receipt, to 
make IPv4 resource holders automatically eligible to receive free IPv6 
resources. This suggestion concerns Internet number resource policy, and 
would be better directed through the ARIN Policy Development Process. We 
recommend you post your proposal on the ARIN Public Policy Mailing List 
for comment prior to submitting a formal proposal. We do hope you will 
pursue putting this suggestion to the community to see if there is 
interest in moving it forward as a proposal.
Because your request is out of scope of the ARIN Consultation and 
Suggestion process (ACSP) this suggestion is now closed.

12 August 2015
Following further review, we realized our response to your suggestion 
was incomplete.
Note that ARIN has already made some provisions in its fee schedule to 
encourage IPv6 adoption by providing that ISPs may receive approved IPv6 
requests up to the organization's existing service category at no 
additional charge.
For example, a medium service category ISP holding a /17 IPv4 block can 
receive up to a /28 IPv6 block and will not incur any additional fees as 
its service category does not change as a result. For ISPs holding both 
ARIN-issued IPv4 and IPv6 allocations, the annual fee is based on the 
registration service category large enough to accommodate their IPv4 and 
IPv6 holdings.
For end users, issuance of a /48 IPv6 block (as you suggested) would be 
subject to an initial $500 registration fee and an annual maintenance 
fee of $100. Upon further review of your suggestion, it is apparent that 
you propose the elimination or waiver of these fees for end-users who 
also hold IPv4 resources. That suggestion will be provided to the ARIN 
Board Finance Committee for their consideration.
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