With ARIN 44 (and Halloween) approaching scary fast, we are excited to bring our community together and facilitate one of ARIN’s prime directives: the development of policy by the community for the management of IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers. Our biannual Public Policy and Members Meetings are the cornerstone of our Policy Development Process (PDP), and they rely upon you, the community, to be successful.

To help newcomers and seasoned veterans alike, below is a look at the Draft Policies and Recommended Draft Policies up for discussion. I have provided a simple explanation of each policy to help you determine those of greatest interest to your organization and where you might want to spend more time catching up on prior discussions.

Note that Recommended Draft Policies are being
recommended for adoption, and this may be the last time they are available for
community discussion at an ARIN meeting.

For future reference,
you can always find the current text of all Draft Policies, and Proposals at
our newly renovated policy segment of the ARIN website:

  • Draft Policies and Proposals: https://www.arin.net/participate/policy/drafts/
  • Policy Archive: https://www.arin.net/participate/policy/archive/

Recommended Draft Policies

ARIN-2018-6: Clarify Reassignment
Requirements in

ARIN-2018-6 clarifies differences between reassignments that
are required to have customer Point of Contact (POC) information (detailed
reassignments and reallocations) and those that are not (simple reassignments).

ARIN-2019-1: Clarify Section 4 IPv4 Request

ARIN-2019-1 states that an organization may only apply for
IPv4 addresses if they have not received any in the past three months, and have
not transferred any space in the past 36 months.

ARIN-2019-3: Update 4.10 – IPv6 Deployment

ARIN-2019-3 clarifies that the minimum and maximum block to
be issued from this reserved pool is a /24, requests can only be satisfied
every six months, and no more than a /21 can be requested total per

ARIN-2019-8: Clarification of Section 4.10
for Multiple Discrete Networks

ARIN-2019-8 clarifies the requirement that any organization,
with any number of multiple discrete networks, may request a up to /24 every
six months (and a /21 total) from the reserved pool for 4.10 Dedicated IPv4
Block to Facilitate IPv6 Deployment provided they have not received a direct
allocation or direct assignment from the reserved pool during the previous six

ARIN-2019-10: Inter-RIR M&A

ARIN-2019-10 clarifies the current practice handling of
mergers and acquisition transfer processing between RIRs who have compatible
transfer policies.

ARIN-2019-15: Hijacking Authorization

ARIN-2019-15 states that IP addresses used in an incidental
or transient manner are not considered to be a reassignment, and must be
authorized for their use.

Draft Policies

ARIN-2019-12: M&A Legal Jurisdiction

ARIN-2019-12 clarifies that a surviving legal entity of a
merger or acquisition may hold ARIN-issued resources when that entity is
incorporated outside the ARIN region.

ARIN-2019-13: ARIN Membership Legal
Jurisdiction Exclusion

ARIN-2019-13 permits corporate entities not legally
registered within the ARIN region to both request and receive directly
registered Internet number resources from ARIN, so long as said entity can
demonstrate they have a real and substantial connection to the ARIN region as
defined in section 9 of ARIN’s Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM).

ARIN-2019-17: Returned Addresses to the
4.10 Reserved Pool

ARIN-2019-17 would direct all returned IPv4 address space to
the IPv6 deployment facilitation pool, while grandfathering in all current IPv4
waitlisted organizations.

ARIN-2019-18: LIR/ISP Re-Assignment to
Non-Connected Networks

ARIN-2019-18 would allow organizations to reassign address
space to networks that they do not provide connectivity to the Internet,
without permanently transferring that space.

Participate in Policy Discussions

ARIN is committed to providing an open community forum for policy
development, and that includes lowering barriers of entry of all kinds. New
faces and widespread participation are key components in any Regional Internet
Registry community, and ARIN is no exception. I hope the information in this
post arms even the greenest ARIN participant with the tools they need to
participate actively once the microphones turn on.

People from all over the ARIN region and beyond will be
participating at the ARIN meeting, but vital opinions need not be conveyed
in-person to be effective! If you want a great time- and wallet-friendly option
for you and your organization to be heard by the ARIN community, ARIN offers a
terrific remote participation experience. We’ll have chat rooms for voicing
your opinions during discussions, as well as a live streaming transcript so you
won’t miss a beat!

participation is
completely free, but be sure to register early! We are using Slack
for ARIN 44, and all remote participants will be sent an invitation to
create an account to access meeting chat. For details, visit the Remote Participation page. Note that all remote
participants are subject to the Remote Participation Acceptable
Use Policy (AUP).

The ARIN Public Policy Meeting and Members Meeting will be webcast,
including discussion sessions for all ten of the above Draft Policies. Once the
Public Policy Meeting begins, we make every effort to ensure that policy
discussions are held at their scheduled times, and we notify remote
participants in the event of agenda changes. Check the meeting
agenda for
complete schedule details.

To submit your very own Internet number resource policy proposal,
just fill out our brief template and send it to policy@arin.net. Don’t worry about getting the
wording of your proposal exactly right – our Advisory Council will work with
you directly to help transform your idea into a clear change, removal, or
addition to policy text, and get it the community attention it needs to move
through the PDP.

Attend Our PDP Webinar!

If you’d like a deep dive into ARIN’s Policy Development Process,
I will be hosting a one hour  webinar on Thursday,
24 October. It’s a great webinar to check out, whether you plan to attend ARIN
44 or not, and will include an overview of what Internet number resource policy
means to you, steps from proposal to policy, and the key players involved in
moving the process along. Register for this free webinar in advance.

Additional resources can be found on the following webpages:

  • Public Policy Mailing List
  • ARIN Advisory Council
  • Current NRPM

We look forward to seeing you at ARIN 44!

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