Dear SIG members The proposal "Proposal to modify 'end site' definition and allow end sites to receive IPv6 allocations" has been sent to the Policy SIG for review. It will be presented at the Policy SIG at APNIC 23 in Bali, Indonesia, 26 February - 2 March 2007. You are invited to review and comment on the proposal on the mailing list before the meeting. The proposal's history can be found at: http://www.apnic.net/policy/proposals/prop-045-v001.html PS. The deadline for proposals for policy SIG is on 29th of this month. Please submit your proposal (Policy / Informational) before the 29th. Regards, Kenny Huang Policy SIG huangk at alum dot sinica dot edu ________________________________________________________________________ prop-045-v001: Proposal to modify "end site" definition and allow end sites to receive IPv6 allocations ________________________________________________________________________ Author: Jordi Palet Martinez, Consulintel Version: 1 Date: 22 January 2007 SIG: Policy Introduction ------------ This policy modification is intended to provide a solution for portable assignments required by entities which are not multihomed. Summary of the current problem ------------------------------ Often, some organisations need to make internal assignments. Their networks may be made up of a number of sites that each has their own L2 infrastructure. In some cases, organisations may have a small number of sites, but still need their own block so that they can avoid future renumbering, if they change their upstream provider, or have other administrative or policy reasons for that. One example might be a large university that has several campuses and faculties, each requiring IPv6 addresses. It may have one or several upstream providers. The university will most likely need to be able to assign IPv6 addresses from the same block to its sites and, at the same time, be able to use one or several upstreams. The university network behaves like an internal university ISP to each of the end sites. Existing policy 035 only solve the problem for this university if they are multihomed. Situation in other RIRs ----------------------- A similar proposal has also been submitted to RIPE NCC, LACNIC and AfriNIC regions and updated versions are under preparation. Details ------- The following policy changes are proposed for APNIC-089, "IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy": 1. Definition of "end site" The definition of "end site" in section 2.9 should be broadened to include a wider range of end users. This definition should be expanded to include end users that have a legal relationship with the service provider. Such legal relationships would allow end users that are part of the service provider or legally associated with the provider to be considered "end sites". For example, the different faculties or campuses of a university could be considered to be "end sites" under this proposed new definition. 2. Initial allocation criteria The following changes are proposed in section 5.1.1 of APNIC-089: a) Allow end sites to apply for an allocation b) Expand the criteria of the types of sites an organisation can provide IPv6 connectivity to include: - sites within its own organisations - sites at related organisations Pros/Cons --------- Advantages: The difficulty encountered in receiving IPv6 address space by some big entities that have a need to use IPv6 is a clear barrier for its deployment. Disadvantages: One possible effect of this proposal would be a growth of global routing tables. This is only to be expected when new allocations are made possible under this proposal. Effect on APNIC --------------- There may be a small increase in the number of IPv6 allocation requests from organizations which are not multihomed but require a portable block. Effect on NIRs -------------- NIRs may need to adapt their own similar policy. Otherwise, the organizations requiring a portable block may become APNIC LIRs to access to it.