Re: [sig-policy] prop-086: Global policy for IPv4 allocations by the IAN
On 16 Aug 2010, at 4:37, Philip Smith wrote:
>> 5.1 Reclamation Pool
>> Upon adoption of this IPv4 address policy by the ICANN Board of
>> Directors, the IANA shall establish a Reclamation Pool to be
>> utilized post RIR IPv4 exhaustion as defined in Section 4. The
>> reclamation pool will initially contain any fragments that may be
>> left over in IANA inventory.
> I understood that IANA was exhausting its entire pool. Or is exhaustion
> really just complete /8s? It would be helpful if someone from IANA could
> clarify as I was under the impression that remaining fragments would be
> distributed as well, certainly before IANA declared that the cupboard
> was bare. The remaining fragments are not insignificant.
I can't speak for the authors but I can describe what we "have in stock" and what the ratified policies allows us to do. The only IPv4 address blocks we have with an UNALLOCATED status are whole /8s. Further, the current policy we implement only allows us to allocate /8s:
" * The IANA will allocate IPv4 address space to the RIRs in /8 units."
Similarly, the policy for allocating the last blocks required that they be allocated in /8s, too:
"IANA will automatically allocate the reserved IPv4 allocation units to each RIR (one /8 to each one)"
My personal interpretation of the text above was the the "Reclamation Pool" would only be a potential pool unless and until one of the RIRs found that they no longer needed the IPv4 address space they were recovering and could return it to IANA for re-distribution. If I've misunderstood the authors' intentions I am sure that they will correct me.