[sig-policy] report on prop-057: Proposal to change IPv6 initial allocat
Below is a summary of discussion on the proposal to date. We
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Posted to Policy SIG mailing list: 25 January 2008
Number of posts: 40
Number of people participating in discussions: 13
Economy of origin of participants: 4 from Australia
1 from Hong Kong
3 from Japan
1 from Nepal
2 from New Zealand
2 from outside AP
Summary of discussion to date
- A plan is different to a commitment.
- Many LIRs in Japan have not applied for an IPv6 initial
allocation because they feel that a plan is a commitment
that must be met.
- The plan for 200 assignments has not been raised as a problem
in APNIC surveys. No LIR has been denied an initial IPv6
allocation purely because they did not have a plan for 200
- Given the linguistic diversity in the region, it would be good
to clarify the words used to describe the initial allocation
- A problem with the current IPv6 multihoming policy is that many
networks filter out prefixes smaller than a /35. This proposal
could fix that.
- Perhaps suggest a change to the multihoming assignment
policy rather than using this allocation policy process.
- The obstacles to IPv6 deployment are the difficulty of actually
deploying it and the lack of user demand.
- Is it possible that organisations that are not established
LIRs with RIR/NIR allocations will say this proposal
discriminates against them?
- IPv6 allocations within the APNIC region continue to grow,
which could suggest that the barrier to allocation is
- Actual BGP announcement of IPv6 allocations has not grown,
which suggests that LIRs are not using the space after
receiving it. IPv6 needs to be made usable for the LIR's
- Perhaps remove the proposal's requirement to be an existing
LIR with RIR/NIR allocations and allow any LIR with a
plan for IPv6 assignments or sub-allocations to receive an
initial IPv6 allocation.
- It is possible that if the proposal was implemented, any
organisation that asks for an initial IPv6 allocation will
- Maybe IPv6 initial allocation criteria should mirror the IPv4
initial allocation criteria .
- Maybe a criteria based on a scale, such as the HD-ratio,
could be used by LIRs to justify an initial IPv6
- Proposal authors suggest amended alternative criteria:
- Be an existing LIR with IPv4 allocations from an RIR/NIR
AND have a plan for making assignments and/or sub-
allocations to other organizations within two years.
The LIR should also plan to announce the allocation as a
single aggregated block in the inter-domain routing
system within two years.
Full details of the proposal can be found at: