[LACNIC/Politicas] Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion

Chris Grundemann cgrundemann at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 17:14:08 BRT 2010

On Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:22, Max Larson Henry
<maxlarson.henry at transversal.ht> wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> As we don't have the name of the folks behind this proposal... Is this
> a new version of the global policy proposal endorsed by four of the
> RIR or a brand new initiative ?

It is a brand new initiative, created independently. It started as a
lunch conversation and developed over time through lot's of feedback
from various sources into the draft text which I presented here.

I would like to take this opportunity to give a friendly reminder that
today is the last day that we expect to take feedback before
submitting the proposal officially tomorrow.  If you have any concerns
or comments I would love to hear them!


> Cheers
> -Max
> On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 4:34 PM, Chris Grundemann <cgrundemann at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello LACNIC!
>> A group of folks and I have been working on a global policy proposal
>> regarding returning and re-allocating IPv4 addresses to and from the
>> IANA post IPv4 exhaustion. We have decided that the best approach is
>> to post the draft text publicly in each of the five regions and
>> request comments before officially submitting it as a global policy
>> proposal. In this way we hope to be able to address any gaps or other
>> problems early on, avoiding potential issues later in the process.
>> Your comments, on or off list, are welcome and appreciated. We are
>> collecting additional feedback until June 8, 2010 and possibly beyond,
>> depending upon the feedback.
>> # Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion #
>> Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion
>> Rationale:
>> This policy defines the process for the allocation of IPv4 addresses
>> post "Exhaustion Phase"[1]. In order to fulfill the requirements of
>> this policy, the IANA must set up a reclamation pool to hold addresses
>> in and distribute from in compliance with this policy. This policy
>> establishes the process by which IPv4 addresses can be returned to and
>> re-issued from the IANA post Exhaustion Phase.
>> The intent of this policy is as follows:
>>    * Includes all post Exhaustion Phase address space returned to the IANA.
>>    * Allows allocations by the IANA from the Reclamation Pool once
>> the Exhaustion Phase has been completed.
>>    * Defines "need" as the basis for further IPv4 allocations by the IANA.
>>    * Does not differentiate any class of IPv4 address space unless
>> defined by RFC 1918.
>>    * Encourages the return of IPv4 address space by making this
>> re-allocation process available.
>>    * Disallows transfers of addresses sourced from the Reclamation
>> Pool in the absence of an IPV4 Global Transfer Policy to neutralize
>> transfer process inequities across RIR regions.
>>    * Applies to legacy IPv4 Address Space initially allocated by the
>> IANA to users including the allocations to RIRs.
>>    * Includes any length of fragments currently held by the IANA now
>> or in the future.
>> 1. Reclamation Pool
>> Upon adoption of this IPv4 address policy by the ICANN Board of
>> Directors, the IANA shall establish a Reclamation Pool to be utilized
>> post RIR IPv4 exhaustion as defined in Section 5. As soon as the first
>> RIR exhausts its inventory of IP address space, this Reclamation Pool
>> will be declared active.
>> 2. Returning Address Space to the IANA
>> The IANA will accept into the Reclamation Pool all eligible IPv4
>> address space that is offerred for return. Eligible address space
>> includes any addresses not previously designated for special use by an
>> IETF published RFC explicitly offerred for return to the IANA by:
>> a) The RIR to which the space is assigned
>> b) The registrant of record where no RIR holds authority
>> 3. Address Allocations from the Reclamation Pool by the IANA
>> Allocations from the Reclamation Pool may begin once the pool is
>> declared active. Aggregates in the Reclamation Pool may be divided on
>> a CIDR boundary to the longest minimum allocation or assignment of any
>> of the RIRs in order to complete these allocations. Addresses that are
>> left over will be held in the Reclamation Pool until additional IP
>> addresses are returned, or a minimum allocation unit is achieved that
>> allows continued allocations from the pool.
>> 4. RIR Eligibility for Receiving Allocations from the Reclamation Pool
>> Upon the exhaustion of an RIR's free space pool, an RIR will become
>> eligible to request address space from the IANA Reclamation Pool when
>> it publicly announces via its respective global announcements email
>> list and by posting a notice on its website that it has exhausted its
>> supply of IPv4 address space. Exhaustion is defined as an inventory of
>> less than the equivalent of a single /8 and the inability to further
>> assign address space to its customers in units equal to or shorter
>> than the longest of the RIR's policy defined minimum allocation unit.
>> Any RIR that is formed after this policy has been adopted by the ICANN
>> Board of Directors is not eligible to utilize this policy to obtain
>> IPv4 address space from the IANA.
>> 5. Reporting Requirements
>> The IANA shall publish on at least a weekly basis a report that is
>> publicly available which at a minimum details all address space that
>> has been received and that has been allocated. The IANA shall publish
>> a Returned Address Space Report which indicates what resources were
>> returned, by whom and when. The IANA shall publish an Allocations
>> Report on at least a weekly basis which at a minimum indicates what
>> IPv4 address space has been allocated, which RIR received the
>> allocation and when. The IANA shall publish a public report confirming
>> RIR eligibility subsequent to Section 4.
>> 6. No Transfer Rights
>> Address space assigned from the Reclamation Pool is not subject to
>> transfer outside of an ICANN Board adopted globally adopted transfer
>> policy. The definition of Global Transfer Policy for the purpose of
>> this policy is a global policy that has been processed and adopted by
>> ICANN in compliance with the MoU [2] and attachments as agreed to in
>> October 2004 between ICANN and the RIRs.
>> 7. Definitions
>> IANA - Internet Assigned Numbers Authority or it's successor
>> ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or it's successor
>> RIR - Regional Internet Registry as recognized by ICANN
>> MOU - Memorandum of Understanding between ICANN and the RIR's
>> IPV4 - Internet Protocol Version Four, the target protocol of this Global Policy
>> 8. References
>> 1. http://www.icann.org/en/general/allocation-remaining-ipv4-space.htm
>> Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space,
>> IANA, Retrieved 27 April 2010
>> 2. http://www.nro.net/documents/aso-mou.html ICANN Address Supporting
>> Organization (ASO) MoU , Retrieved 27 May 2010.
>> ##
>> Thank you for your time and attention!
>> ~Chris
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