[sig-policy] prop-074: IANA policy for allocation of ASN blocks to RIRs

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  • Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 14:38:50 +0800
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      The proposal, 'Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Policy for
      Allocation of ASN Blocks (ASNs) to Regional Internet Registries', has
      been sent to the Policy SIG for review. It will be presented at the
      Policy SIG at APNIC 28 in Beijing, China, 25-28 August 2009. The
      proposal's history can be found at:
      
               http://www.apnic.net/policy/prop-074
      
      We invite you to review and comment on the proposal on the mailing list
      before the meeting.
      
      The comment period on the mailing list before an APNIC meeting is an
      important part of the policy development process. We encourage you to
      express your views on the proposal:
      
              - Do you support or oppose this proposal?
              - Does this proposal solve a problem you are experiencing? If
                so, tell the community about your situation.
              - Do you see any disadvantages in this proposal?
              - Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
              - What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more
                effective?
      
      Randy, Jian and Ching-Heng
      
      
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
      prop-074-v001: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Policy for
                      Allocation of ASN Blocks (ASNs) to Regional Internet
                      Registries
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
      
      
      Authors:  Andrew de la Haye, RIPE NCC
                 <andrew at ripe dot net>
      
                 Stacy Hughes
                 <ipgoddess.arin at gmail dot com>
      
      Version:   1
      
      Date:      13 July 2009
      
      
      
      1.  Introduction
      ----------------
      
      This is a global policy proposal.
      
      According to the current Global Policy for Allocation of ASN Blocks to
      Regional Internet Registries, IANA will cease to make any distinction
      between 16-bit and 32-bit only ASN blocks by 31 December 2009, when
      making allocations to RIRs. This proposal is to extend this date by one
      year, to 31 December 2010.
      
      
      2.  Summary of current problem
      ------------------------------
      
      Due to operational issues external to the IANA/RIR policy process,
      32-bit only ASNs are not being issued by the RIRs at the anticipated
      rate.  As it stands, RIRs will likely not be able to justify a new block
      of ASNs from the IANA after 31 December 2009 due to a glut of free 32
      bit only ASNs in the RIR’s pool. This leaves available, essential 16-bit
      ASNs stranded in the IANA free pool.  This proposal seeks to remedy the
      potential problem by extending the deadline for differentiation by one
      year.
      
      With this proposal the policy will be aligned with the actual reality in
      regards to 32-bit ASN deployment and usage.
      
      The subject was raised during RIPE 58 and a presentation was made:
      
      http://www.ripe.net/ripe/meetings/ripe-58/content/presentations/asn32-take-up-report.pdf
      
      The feedback in this session suggested that a global policy proposal
      should be developed and should be discussed.
      
      
      3.   Situation in other RIRs
      ----------------------------
      
      This is a global policy proposal and will be submitted to all RIRs.
      
      - ARIN
      
         Submitted. Currently with the ARIN Address Council for development
         and evaluation
      
      
      - RIPE
      
         2009-07: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Policy for
         Allocation of ASN Blocks (ASNs) to Regional Internet Registries
      
             http://www.ripe.net/ripe/policies/proposals/2009-07.html
      
      
      - AfriNIC, LACNIC
      
         To be submitted
      
      
      4.   Details of the proposal
      ----------------------------
      
      This proposal suggests changing the "Allocation Principles" section of
      the Global Policy for Allocation of ASN Blocks to Regional Internet
      Registries [i] to:
      
           IANA allocates ASNs to RIRs in blocks of 1024 ASNs. In this document
           the term "ASN block" refers to a set of 1024 ASNs. Until 31 December
           2010, allocations of 16-bit and 32-bit only ASN blocks will be made
           separately and independent of each other [1].
      
           This means until 31 December 2010, RIRs can receive two separate ASN
           blocks, one for 16-bit ASNs and one for 32-bit only ASNs from the
           IANA under this policy. After this date, IANA and the RIRs will
           cease to make any distinction between 16-bit and 32-bit only ASNs,
           and will operate ASN allocations from an undifferentiated 32-bit ASN
           allocation pool.
      
           [1]
           16-bit ASNs are the AS Numbers in the range: 0 - 65535
           32-bit only ASNs are the AS Numbers in the range: 65536 - 4294967295
           32-bit ASNs are the AS Numbers in the range: 0 - 4294967295
      
      
      5.   Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal
      -------------------------------------------------
      
      Advantages:
      
           See the section above, "2. Summary of current problem".
      
      
      Disadvantages:
      
           Some may think that extending the previously set timeline can be
           perceived as some discouragement for the deployment of 32-bit ASNs.
           One counter argument to this is that RIRs and Internet community
           have some other mechanisms and activities to raise awareness for
           32-bit ASN pool (via public presentations and trainings). These
           activities will continue while 16-bit ASN blocks are still allocated
           to RIRs by the IANA as they are available and they are needed.
      
      
      6.   Effect on APNIC members
      ----------------------------
      
      Authors cannot think of any effect other than that if the proposal is
      accepted, APNIC members will be able to keep receiving 16 bit ASNs if
      they need to because APNIC will be able to receive 16 bit ASN blocks
      from IANA.
      
      
      7.   Effect on NIRs
      -------------------
      
      Same as above.
      
      
      8.   References
      ---------------
      
      [i] Global Policy for Allocation of ASN Blocks to Regional Internet
           Registries
           www.icann.org/en/general/global-policy-asn-blocks-31jul08-en.htm
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