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ARIN 44 Day 2 Daily Recap

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Today marked the second and final day of the ARIN 44 Public Policy
and Members Meeting. These meetings always seem to come and go in a flash! We
enjoyed networking with friends old and new in Austin, Texas. Here’s a look at
the final events of ARIN 44.

Dia De Los ARIN 44  

After breakfast and opening announcements, we got straight to
business and entered our final policy block of the meeting:

  • Draft
    Policy ARIN-2019-12: M&A Legal Jurisdiction Exclusion
  • Draft
    Policy ARIN-2019-13: ARIN Membership Legal Jurisdiction Exclusion
  • Draft
    Policy ARIN-2019-18: LIR/ISP Re-Assignment to Non-Connected Networks

John Sweeting, Senior Director of Registration Services, followed
the policy block with his presentation about Identifier Technology Health Indicators (ITHI). He explained that the
goal of this system is to track the health of the Internet’s unique identifier
systems and presented a few statistics. John Curran, President and CEO, then
shared the Number Resource Organization (NRO) Activities
which contains updates about the joint work between all five Regional Internet
Registries (RIRs). Kevin Blumberg, NRO Number Council (NC) Member, followed
John and presented the NRO NC Report which went into a little more
detail about who the NRO is and shared some high level updates from this past
year. Kevin also took a few minutes to thank Jason Schiller, who served four
terms on the ASO AC (2008-2019) and received a round of applause from the
audience. Jennifer Bly, Public Affairs Specialist, then shared updates about
this year’s brand new ARIN Community Grant Program. We want to once again
congratulate our four grant recipients, and we look forward to seeing what
their projects accomplish to improve the Internet for all! Richard Jimmerson,
COO, and John Curran closed out this session with an Internet Routing Registry Update and an RPKI Update. We held an open mic session and
then we concluded the Public Policy portion of our meeting.

After a break, we returned to open the Members Meeting, which, as always, is open to all. Mark Kosters, Chief Technology Officer, was up first to share updates about our Engineering Department. We learned about what we’ve accomplished since ARIN 42 and heard some of Engineering’s upcoming initiatives. John Sweeting was up next to share his department update about the Registration Services team. We learned about the status of IPv4, IPv6, and current staff. Tina Morris, AC Chair, came to the microphone next to present the Advisory Council Report. She also took a moment to thank David Farmer for his 11 years of service to the Advisory Council. He was met with a warm standing ovation by the audience. Nancy Carter, Board of Trustees Treasurer, explained the state of our finances in her ARIN Financial Report, before Paul Andersen, Board of Trustees Chair, gave the final presentation of the day with his updates about the Board. He gave a few words of thanks to Regenie Frasër for her one year of service to the ARIN Board of Trustees, and another round of applause to David Farmer and Susan Hamlin for their service to the ARIN region. A wonderful way to end the meeting!

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We concluded the meeting with another open mic session where we heard words of gratitude about the Fellowship Program. What a productive, fun, and (spooky) Halloween meeting! Thank you to all who participated in ARIN 44.

If you want to refer to anything you’ve seen so far, the slides
from the meeting have been posted online. In the coming days, full transcripts and webcasts from the
meeting will be made available as well.

Another reminder to make sure you cast your vote in the ARIN Elections! Voting is now open and closes Friday, 8 November at 6:00 PM ET. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for ARIN 45 in Louisville, KY 26-29 April 2019. We will be accepting applications for the ARIN fellowship to ARIN 45 soon, so be sure to apply if you are interested!

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ARIN 44 Day 1 Daily Recap

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“Do you know why spiders make great web developers? Because they’re great at finding bugs.” (We heard a lot of great jokes throughout today’s Halloween meeting, so thought we’d share one of our favorites here.)

Welcome to Austin! Today marked the official start of ARIN 44, and we’ve been off to a great start with a lot going on. For those who are unable to be here in person, it’s easy to join us remotely for tomorrow’s session. You can watch our online webcast, follow along with our live transcript, and participate through chat. Register before tomorrow so we can add you to the chat rooms. Here’s a bat’s eye view of everything that’s happened so far at ARIN 44. Happy Halloween!

A Spooky Good Time

Yesterday afternoon began with our Fellows Meet and Greet where
our ARIN 44 Fellows and their mentors mingled and introduced themselves. That
was followed up by an informative Newcomer Orientation. During this
presentation, Leslie Nobile, Senior Director of Global Registry
Knowledge, provided a short
overview of ARIN, what to expect at ARIN 44, and how to participate at the
meeting. Directly following the orientation, Sean Hopkins, Policy Analyst, gave
his Policy Development Process (PDP) tutorial to help guide newcomers through
our PDP and give them the knowledge to engage comfortably in policy discussions
throughout the meeting.

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Thursday morning greeted us with crisp air, hot coffee, and nice
conversations before we began the first official day of the meeting. John
Curran, ARIN President and CEO, presented opening announcements. Following
that, John Sweeting, Senior Director of Registration Services, presented the Internet Number Resource Status Report, which is prepared by all five of
the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). Cathy Aronson, our IETF Reporter, took
to the mic next to offer her crowd-pleasing IETF Activities report, which received several
compliments. John Curran then opened the policy block and shared information
about the Adopted IPv4 Waitlist Policy Recommendation before we dove into our next
policy discussion of the meeting:

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2018-6: Clarify
    Reassignment Requirements in
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After we returned from a refreshing break, we picked up where we left off in the policy block with:

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-1: Clarify
    Section 4 IPv4 Request Requirements

John Sweeting returned to the mic to present his Policy Implementation and Experience Report before Alicia
Trotman, ARIN AC Member, presented the next Recommended Draft Policy.

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-3: Update
    4.10 – IPv6 Deployment Block

Richard Jimmerson, Chief Operating
Officer, offered an interesting presentation about what ARIN has been doing to
promote IPv6 adoption over
past few decades, and shared what we plan to do moving forward into 2020. We’re
also seeking your feedback on what else we can be doing to promote IPv6. Email
us your thoughts at!

After lunch, we returned to listen as Wendy Leedy, Member
Engagement Specialist, provided details about our upcoming ARIN election. Following that, we heard
speeches by all our candidates for the Number Resource Organization (NRO)
Number Council, ARIN Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. We were then
treated to an interesting (and brand new) Board Candidate Forum. The Board of
Trustees candidates sat down to answer questions posed by you, the community. Be
sure to cast your vote in this very important election!
Voting is now open and closes Friday, 8 November at 6:00 PM ET.

After the break, we headed into the final four draft policy
discussions of the day:

  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-8:
    Clarification of Section 4.10 for Multiple Discreet Networks
  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-10:
    Inter-RIR M&A
  • Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2019-15:
    Hijacking Authorization Not-Intended
  • Draft Policy ARIN-2019-17: Returned Addresses
    to the 4.10 Reserved Pool

We followed the policy block with an Open Microphone session, before John Curran closed us out with a special toast to Susan Hamlin, Senior Communications and Member Services Director, to congratulate her on her upcoming retirement. We want to thank Susan for her nearly 20 years of service to the ARIN region and wish her a happy retirement!

If you’re interested in taking a closer look at any of the
presentations we heard today, head to the ARIN 44 website. Now we’re off to the ARIN Social
tonight where we will network with our fellow meeting attendees and celebrate
Halloween with good music and a costume contest.

See you back here tomorrow, and don’t forget to vote!

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Get to Know the Draft Policies Under Discussion at ARIN 44

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:
  • 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 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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Introducing the ARIN 44 Fellows!

We’re busy getting ready to head to Austin, Texas for our next Public Policy and Members Meeting, ARIN 44. We look forward to having a spooky good time at this meeting (which overlaps with Halloween.) Don’t forget our ARIN Social includes an optional costume contest!

We’d like to introduce the eight
fellows that will be joining us in Austin later this month. Over the last 10
years we’ve welcomed 136 fellows to our meetings in order to expand our educational
outreach and add new voices to our public policy discussions. With this new
group of fellows, we’ve increased that number to 144! We encourage you to take
the time to say hello to our fellows at the meeting and welcome them to our
community. Let’s meet the fellows!

 ARIN 44 Fellows by the Numbers:


  • Bram Abramson, Technology Counsel


  • Marcia Brandon, Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Betty Fausta, IPEOS I-Solutions
  • Daniel Fokum, The University of the West Indies
  • Lendon Telesford, NTRC – Grenada

 United States:

  • Scott Johnson, SolarNetOne, Inc.
  • John Olson, Webhiway Communications
  • Joseph White, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.

Meet the Mentors

One of the benefits our fellows
receive is being paired with an experienced mentor who can guide them through
the meeting and policy discussions. These seasoned veterans help our fellows
feel comfortable going up to the mic to voice their opinions and introduce them
to key members in our community. We’d like to thank our mentors in advance for
lending their time and experience to our new slate of fellows!

  • Cathy Aronson, Daydream Imagery LLC
  • Kevin Blumberg, NRO Number Council/The Wire Inc.
  • Aaron Hughes, 6connect
  • Alyssa Moore, CIRA/ARIN AC
  • Leslie Nobile, ARIN
  • Joseph Provo, ARIN AC
  • Christian Tacit, Tacit Law/ARIN AC
  • Chris Woodfield, ARIN AC

Let’s Get to Know Our Fellows!

When asked why he decided to apply, Bram Abramson said, “I have a deep interest in Internet infrastructure, an ongoing career as policy counsel, and missed being involved in the conversations that lead to governance decisions. I hope that my experience and interest puts me in a position to contribute, and I’d like to.” He believes that this experience will support him in what he hopes to achieve because it will help him “stay involved in Internet governance, and weave it into my abiding interests in privacy, digital rights, and open data, during the coming years.” Bram says he most looks forward to “getting to be a part of things!” at our upcoming meeting. And we are excited too!

Marcia Brandon decided to apply for an ARIN Fellowship after “researching and decided that it is an area I could benefit from if I improved my knowledge of it. I was not fully aware of this organization, and seeing that the Caribbean is included, which is my region, I am convinced that knowing more about this area is important for me. She looks forward to “learning about the policy development process and understanding it, as well as being able to transfer this knowledge to the SMEs, NOGs, and other community partners.” We asked her how she believes this experience will support her and what she is hoping to do now and in the future. She said, “… this experience will help me participate in relevant meetings, shape policy, educate the general public, especially the SMEs and other stakeholders and partners I work with, and be more active in the Caribbean space with Internet Governance…”

Betty Fausta said that she was
introduced to ARIN last year by one of our members. She believes this Fellowship
will support what she hopes to achieve in the future by helping her “develop
more abilities and increase [her] network.” Betty is most looking forward to
learning more about the organization, connecting and sharing good practices
with others in the industry, and hopes to be helpful in developing an IPv6
migration plan in Guadeloupe and Martinique (French West Indies). When asked
how she felt when she learned she was selected to be an ARIN 44 Fellow, she
responded, “Happy!”

Daniel Folkum learned about the ARIN Fellowship through Regenie Fräser. Daniel said, “It will be good to gain some knowledge about how a Regional Internet Registry like ARIN operates. I also hope to form linkages that will help me move forward with my study on quantifying the participation of women in Internet governance.” He hopes to be able to “contribute to some of the discussions on the mailing lists.” He believes this experience will help him “explain to my students much better how Regional Internet Registries operate.”

When asked how he first
heard about the ARIN Fellowship, Lendon Telesford responded “My organization
became aware of the ARIN Fellowship and thought it would be good to have
representation at the meeting so that we are in a better position to understand
ARIN.” By attending ARIN 44, he “hopes to learn more about ARIN and its processes
related to policy development.” He also believes this experience will help
support his longterm
goals. “Coming from a regulatory agency, I think this experience would give me
a better view of ARIN and the issues it deals with, so I am better able to
communicate these issues to my community.”

Scott Johnson applied “in order to
further understand this critical component of core Internet operations, just as
I have studied the operation of the DNS and associated entities in the past.” We
asked Scott what knowledge he hopes to gain by attending ARIN 44 and he
responded, “I hope to leave with a further understanding of the system for
allocating and managing IP addressing. The Internet is the most complex machine
on the planet; a complete view of its inner workings, both technical and
organizational, is critical to being able to harness its full potential. He
believes this Fellowship will support him and his organization’s goals. “As my
organization expands its network offerings and sphere of influence in shaping
network growth regionally, and in other areas worldwide where we have
commercial activity, a firm grasp on the details of IP addressing and
allocation will be very beneficial to our progress…”

John Olson was “ecstatic” to be
selected as an ARIN Fellow. He is most looking forward to “meeting the ARIN
team, the Trustees, and of course, Wendy!” We asked what he hopes to take away
from this Fellowship, and he said, “As a rural ISP, I hope to have the ability
to convey the knowledge I learn from this experience to others in the industry
serving other rural communities, but more importantly to the communities I
serve.” He looks forward to gaining “a better functional knowledge of policy
making and procedures utilized by ARIN.”

Last, but certainly not least,
meet Joseph White! We asked Joseph how he foresees himself contributing
to/supporting ARIN in the future. He said, “I see myself keeping informed
through the conversation exchanges on the mailing lists(s) and adding value. I
could see myself assisting with ARIN’s community software. Maybe I could test
new deployments and aid in bug testing new tools.” He is most looking forward
to “gaining a new mentor and new contacts that are willing to show me the ropes
of the ARIN organization.” And we can’t wait for you to have that experience,

We would like to wish another big
congratulations to our ARIN 44 Fellows. We can’t wait to see you all in Austin!

P.S. The ARIN Fellowship Program for ARIN 45 in Louisville,
KY 26-29 April 2020 will be accepting applications soon. Stay tuned!

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Going Green: Contributing to a More Sustainable Future

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ARIN, we are committed to not only bettering the Internet and our community,
but also the environment as well. A few years ago, an ARIN Board member asked
us to look for ways to become a greener organization – and we were up to the
task. We have taken several steps to work towards addressing and reducing our
carbon footprint. One of the biggest areas we decided to focus on is travel.

ARIN staff and leadership airline travel is coupled with the purchase of Travel
Carbon Offsets. Since 2009, we’ve purchased more than $40,000 USD in carbon
offsets, and we currently budget $5,000 for the purchase of offsets each year. We’ve
also reduced staff travel for 2019 by 19% when compared to last year’s actual
travel numbers!

Sounds great. But what is a carbon offset?

A carbon offset is a reduction in greenhouse
gas emissions in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere. For example,
the purchase of a carbon offset can help build a wind turbine in a small
community that otherwise couldn’t afford one, thus reducing their carbon
emissions and helping to offset your own emissions.

We purchase our
carbon offsets through NativeEnergy and according to their website,
“Carbon offsets are a practical and effective way to address climate change and
encourage the growth of renewable energy. With them, you can counteract your
personal carbon emissions—your “carbon footprint”—while contributing to a more
sustainable future.” With the purchase of carbon offsets, we help fund projects
through NativeEnergy around the world that reduce greenhouse gas pollution and
contribute to a greener and more sustainable future. Each purchase of a carbon
offset credit represents the removal or avoidance of one metric ton of carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere. In 2018, we removed 323 tons of CO2
through our Travel Carbon Offset program which is equivalent to*:

  • Taking 68.6 passenger vehicles off the road for a year
  • Preventing 36,345 gallons of gasoline from being consumed
  • 113 tons of waste being recycled instead of landfilled

But we didn’t stop there.

What else are you doing to help the environment?

addition to our carbon offsetting program, we have also implemented a few green
initiatives within our office as well.


  • Stepped up our commitment to recycling aluminum cans, cardboard, and plastic containers in our offices.
  • Replaced paper coffee cups with mugs so everyone can still get their caffeine without filling up the landfills. We also offer biodegradable forks and spoons, along with silverware and reusable plates and bowls.
  • Reduced our dependence on printed materials for our Public Policy and Members Meetings and encourage the use of our mobile app.
  • Made hybrid/electric car charging stations available at our office building.

We work hard to ensure we are
doing what we can to protect the environment. We will continue to seek new ways to reduce our
carbon footprint while implementing the programs we already have in place. We
believe that these small actions add up and can make a difference in bettering
our environment, together.

*calculated on the EPA website

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A Halloween Special: Test Drive at ARIN 44 with Jan & Jesse

We’re gearing up for ARIN 44 in Austin, Texas this October and wanted to share information about an exciting opportunity for our meeting attendees: test driving. Maybe you noticed that we launched a brand new this year? Community input was critical every step of the way, but that launch does not mean we’re done seeking your feedback. We want to continue making informed improvements to the website, and we look forward to seeing you during ARIN 44. 

The main purpose of sending us to
Austin is to get information from attendees that will help us make the site and
online services more useable and intuitive for you. In-person test drives
can reveal things that we would not discover any other way, and also help us
gain understanding of what it is like to navigate and use ARIN’s online
presence from diverse points of view. This fall, we want to know what YOU think
of the redesign we launched in the spring — what is working better, and what
refinements we need to make.

Volunteers can expect a one-on-one,
no-judgment, and hands-on test drive of the informational website and online services,
and maybe even an early look at features in the works.

Areas of focus for this test-driving experience include:

  • Whois/RDAP
  • Reverse
    DNS and Routing security tools in ARIN Online
  • Text
    and design changes under development
  • Archived
    content and ARIN history (the Vault)

Our hours will be the same as the Registration Services Help Desk hours on the ARIN meeting days. Come visit our desk!

  • Wednesday, 30 October: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, 31 October: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday, 1 November: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

There will be two separate test drive set-ups, and you can try out either or both of them. There is no need to sign up in advance. We will be wearing our lab coats again, so we should be easy to spot (but maybe not, because it’s Halloween!) We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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ARIN’s Policy Development Process – Coming Soon to Wherever You Are

You asked, we delivered. At a recent Public Policy and Members (PPMM) Meeting we had a request from the community to offer the Policy Development Process Tutorial as a webinar, and we thought it was a great idea! At the start of each PPMM meeting, we offer a Policy Development Process Tutorial and a Newcomer Orientation for those who are new to an ARIN meeting and want to learn more about what to expect. We are now excited to offer this information to a wider audience to encourage more participation in developing policies for the ARIN region, and to make it more accessible for interested Internet community members.

Is this webinar for you?

The answer is most likely yes! This is a great opportunity
for newcomers to ARIN’s Policy Development Process (PDP), and also for seasoned
veterans who are looking to refine their skills. This tutorial is advantageously
taking place right before ARIN 44, so it’s
a great opportunity to brush up on how policies work at ARIN, and to learn
about the ways you can participate in the process.

What should you expect?

This tutorial will include an overview of what Internet
number resource policy means to you, steps from proposal to policy, and the key
players in moving the process along. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include:

  1. What Internet number resource policies mean to
    ARIN and to you
  2. How these policies are developed by the ARIN
  3. Who participates in the PDP
  4. When key PDP steps occur
  5. Why you should get involved
  6. Where you can get started

Ready to sign up?

It’s really easy to join. Register for this free tutorial by
up here, and we will email you the details that you’ll need to join us. We
will be hosting the webinar twice in the month of October. You can sign up for
whichever one best fits your schedule.

  • 3 October 2019
    • 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • 23 October 2019
    • 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EDT)

As always, we truly value input from our community. We are
excited to bring this community suggestion to life, and we look forward to
sharing information about our policy development process to encourage more

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How to Request an ASN from ARIN

You may know that ARIN assists many organizations in obtaining Internet number resources, including IPv6, IPv4, and ASNs. Over the years, policies and procedures have changed.  These changes have influenced the way you would request an ASN from ARIN.

ASN: Back to Basics

Let’s start from the beginning. ASN stands for Autonomous System Number.  It is a number that is used to define a group of routing prefixes that maintains a unique routing policy that differs from the routing policies of network border peers. ISPs use ASNs to control routing within their networks and to exchange routing information with other ISPs.  AS numbers (along with BGP) help routers and networks to identify where information comes from and where it should go outside a particular ISP’s network.  A public ASN is needed for an autonomous system to exchange routing information with two or more autonomous systems on the public Internet.

2-byte to 4-byte ASNs

There are two types of ASNs: 2-byte and 4-byte.  Similar to the case with IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, 4-byte ASNs were developed to meet the growing needs of a rapidly expanding Internet.

A Little History

As outlined in our 2016 blog “Simplifying ASN Requests”, we provided a great deal of background on the changes that have occurred over the years with regard to ASNs. Included in these changes were the exhaustion of the global 2-byte ASN pool, information on the global 4-byte ASN pool, and that all Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) would be issuing from an undistinguished pool of ASNs; meaning no more differentiation between 2-byte and 4-byte ASNs. We also outlined how IPv4 policies helped to shape the changes in the ASN review process.

In 2016, we were happy to announce that after some community discussion at an ARIN Public Policy Meeting, the idea of removing verification requirement (contracts, bills/invoices, etc.) and removing the 30-day usage requirement was well received by the community, and ARIN was able to move forward with the new changes.

Requesting an ASN

Now, organizations may qualify for an ASN either by providing the names and ASNs of two upstream ISPs they’ll be using to multi-home, or by describing a unique routing policy. No copies of contracts or invoices are required. While the 30-day use requirement has been lifted, we will still need a projected date of usage. This streamlined the request process and made for faster turnarounds in getting ASNs to the organizations that need them.

In short,

  • Submit your request through ARIN Online
  • A member of Registration Services will review your request. We will respond to your ticket if we have any questions.
  • If your request is approved, you will receive an invoice and a Registration Services Agreement or RSA (if applicable).
  • Once we receive payment and a signed RSA, we will be able to complete the ASN assignment.

Check out our helpful video!

If you’d like further information about how to request an ASN from ARIN, check out this brief video which will walk you step-by-step through the process. And of course, you can reach out to our Registration Services Team at any time by submitting an Ask ARIN ticket from within your ARIN Online account or by calling us at 703.227.0660.

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Where Does Waiting List Address Space Come From?

You may remember that our free pool of IPv4 address space depleted in September 2015. As a result, the IPv4 Waiting List policy is the only way an organization may request IPv4 addresses aside from the special purpose policies. (The two special purpose policies are the NRPM 4.10 Micro-allocations policy and the NRPM 4.10 Dedicated IPv4 block to facilitate IPv6 Deployment policy.) 

Of course, organizations
may also participate in the transfer market in order to obtain required IPv4
addresses. But for those seeking IPv4 address space via the waiting list, have
you ever wondered where the IPv4 address
space for making waiting list allocations comes from?

The Three Sources

Historically speaking, IPv4 addresses issued via the waiting list have come from the following sources:

The address space has been voluntarily returned.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Organizations have the option to return IPv4 address space to ARIN if they no longer have a need for it. We have information readily available on our website for anyone requesting to return resources to ARIN. One critical requirement is that an officer of the organization must sign and notarize an acknowledgement that the resources may be returned. This protects everyone involved and ensures that the address space is safe to reissue.

The address space was revoked following provisions in the Registration Services Agreement (RSA).

The most common reason we revoke address space is due to non-payment. For ARIN-issued address blocks, if the organization does not pay the annual fees we follow the terms in the Registration Services Agreement (RSA) to ensure that the resources are abandoned. There are several actions taken to ensure that the organization in question is provided every chance possible to avoid the resources being revoked. This involves multiple communications over a period of several months, as we want the current resource holder to have every opportunity to retain their rights to the IPv4 addresses in question.

While it is
possible for resources to be revoked as a result of failure to follow other
provisions of the RSA, it is far less common, and we note that ARIN does not presently
revoke addresses for failure to update the Points of Contact (POCs), as there
is not explicit community direction via policy to do so.

Note that ARIN does not revoke address space based solely on bankruptcy or otherwise non-responsive entities, as additional information is often necessary to determine appropriate disposition.  For similar reasons, we don’t revoke space simply because it has been reported to ARIN as part of a dispute

When additional address space is issued by IANA to ARIN.

On 1 March 2019, ARIN received the
final disbursement of IPv4 addresses under the Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation
Mechanisms by the IANA. We have been
receiving addresses from this pool every six months for the last several years,
and it is issued to customers immediately after we are notified of the

Going forward, the sources of IPv4 addresses to be issued to the waiting list is expected to remain the same, except that we do not expect IANA to make additional allocations, as the IANA IPv4 remnant pool has been depleted. However, this could change should IANA end up with additional IPv4 inventory in the future.

The Quarantine Process

We do have a “quarantine” process for IPv4 address space that has come back to us. For returned space, we normally hold it for six months and for revoked space due to non-payment, we typically  hold it for one year from the due date of the invoice.

The IPv4 address
supply for the waiting list allocation is always fluctuating. By practice, we
do not predict what space might be available in the future, and we remind those
making requests that the waiting list remains an uncertain source of address

We hope
this was a helpful look at understanding where our waiting list address space
comes from! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach
out to the Registration Services Team by submitting an Ask ARIN ticket from
within your ARIN Online account, or giving us a call at 703.227.0660.

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You have IPv6 address space, now what?

Once you received IPv6 address space, what did you do with it? We recently went on social media and asked you to share the very first step you took after obtaining IPv6 address space. After all, an IPv6 deployment happens one step at a time.

Here’s a look at what some of you had to say:

And from LinkedIn…

“[We] created an address plan and advertised the IPv6 prefixes to our upstream provider.” – Brent McIntosh, IP Operations, CWC

As you continue sharing your experience with IPv6, you make it more accessible for others to begin their deployment as well. If you’d like to participate, just tweet us @TeamARIN about the first step you took after obtaining IPv6 address space, and we’ll continue sharing your responses on Twitter. Want more tips for getting started with IPv6? Check out our library of case studies featuring organizations that have made progress on their IPv6 journey.

Still struggling to get started with IPv6?

We’re here to help. Let us know what obstacles you’re dealing with or what might be holding you back from making the move to IPv6. We’re always looking for ways to develop more resources to help get you on the right track. Send us an email to or tweet us at @TeamARIN. Also, stay tuned because later this year we’ll be launching our first “Getting Started with IPv6” training. Registration will be opening soon. For more information about IPv6, check out our website or make your first IPv6 request. We wish you luck on your deployment journey, whatever stage you may be in.

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