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Dear SIG members
Below is an updated version of the proposal that includes elements changed during the APNIC 31 Policy SIG meeting.
The following changes were made:
- The name of the proposal was updated to more accurately reflect the changed details
- Section 4 was changed to propose that criteria 'd' of section 9.3 be removed once we move into the final /9 phase of allocation.
The proposal's history can be found at:
This proposal reached consensus at the Policy SIG meeting during the Policy SIG at APNIC 31 in Hong Kong SAR, China, 21-25 February 2011.
It will be presented to the Policy SIG mailing list soon for a formal eight-week final call for comments.
Gaurab, Terence, and Andy
prop-094-v002: Removing renumbering requirement from final /8 policy ________________________________________________________________________
Authors: Izumi Okutani Terence Zhang Yinghao
Date: 24 February 2011
1. Introduction - - - ----------------
This is a proposal to remove the requirement for organizations receiving their initial allocation from APNIC to renumber out of their previously deployed space when they are allocated addresses under the final /8 policy .
2. Summary of the current problem - - - ----------------------------------
Under the current final /8 policy, allocations made to LIRs must meet the criteria specified under one of the two following sections of the "Policies for IPv4 address space management in the Asia Pacific region":
- Section 9.3, Criteria for initial allocation - Section 9.4, Criteria for subsequent allocations
One of the criteria for initial allocations is that the LIR:
"commit to renumber from previously deployed space into the new address space within one year."
Under current IPv4 allocation policy, that is, before the final /8 policy is activated, LIRs can receive any sized allocation they are able to justify. In the case of initial allocations, for the sake of conservation and aggregation, policy requires that any LIR that has previously used non-portable IPv4 addresses from their upstream provider must agree to renumber out of those addresses and into their new portable APNIC allocation within one year. This allowed the LIR to maintain the size of its previous non-portable address block plus add its next 12 months worth of addressing needs to its new portable allocation from APNIC.
However, when we have reached the final /8, the size of allocation will be restricted to a single /22. As a result, APNIC will no longer be able to consider the loss of address space caused by renumbering, when determining the size of an LIR's initial allocation.
As a result, the renumbering requirement for initial allocations will in practice result in reclamation of a new LIR's address holding, without the ability to sufficiently compensate the LIR with a corresponding allocation size.
In such cases, it would be unreasonable to expect these organizations to number out of a upstream block into a single /22 from APNIC.
3. Situation in other RIRs - - - ---------------------------
The "Allocations for the last /8" policy does not define additional requirements for the renumbering of address space. See Section 5.6, "Use of last /8 for PA Allocations," in "IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment Policies for the RIPE NCC Service Region":
There is no similar policy or proposal in the AfriNIC, ARIN or LACNIC regions.
4. Details - - - -----------
It is proposed that once APNIC starts allocations under the final /8 policy(*1), initial allocation criteria be changed to remove the requirement to renumber from previously deployed space.
Specifically, section 9.3(*2) should be adjusted with a clause that criteria (d) "Commit to renumber from previously deployed space into the new address space within one year" be removed once we apply the final /8 policy(*1).
(*1) section "9.10 Distribution of the final /8 worth of space in the unallocated APNIC IPv4 address pool" under the current document http://www.apnic.net/policy/add-manage-policy#9.10
(*2) defined in section "9.3 Criteria for initial allocation" of the current policy document http://www.apnic.net/policy/add-manage-policy#9.3
5. Pros/Cons - - - -------------
- It will allow new LIRs to receive a /22 under the final /8 policy without restricting its total current address holdings.
- Some people might suggest that increased fraudulent applications might result from this proposed policy. However, adding or removing the renumbering requirement does NOT increase or decrease the possibility of fraud. Fraud is already a potential risk in address requests, and it is assumed that APNIC would detect and respond to any fraud related to this proposed policy in a proper manner.
6. Effect on APNIC - - - -------------------
It will allow APNIC members to receive a /22 allocation under the final /8 policy from APNIC without renumbering its current address holdings.
8. Effect on NIRs - - - ------------------
Just as the final /8 policy applies to NIRs, this amendment to the final /8 policy would apply to NIRs.
9. References - - - -------------
 Section 9.10.1, "Allocations to LIRs," in "Policies for IPv4 address space management in the Asia Pacific region" http://www.apnic.net/policy/add-manage-policy