[sig-policy]Proposal for an amendment to APNIC-089 [prop-015-v001]

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      Attached below is a proposal for the upcoming APNIC Open Policy
      Meeting in KL, Malaysia. It is being circulated one month before
      the meeting to give time for feedback. 
      The proposal can also be found at:
      Your comments on this proposal are greatly appreciated and should
      be sent to this mailing list.
      Best wishes,
      Proposal for an amendment to APNIC-089: 
      Should APNIC allocate Global Unicast IPv6 Address Space to 
      'unconnected' networks? [prop-015-v001]
      Proposed by: APNIC
      Version:     draft 1.0
      Date:        January 2004
      1. Summary
      In making IPv6 allocations, the RIRs currently work from a single 
      policy document - the common 'IPv6 address allocation and assignment
      policy' (published in this region as an APNIC document APNIC-089).
      Despite a common framework, it has been noted that due to a lack of 
      clarity in the policy document, the RIRs have adopted different 
      practices in interpretation of the document. Specifically, there are
      different interpretations applied to the issue of IPv6 allocations to
      'unconnected' networks, where the network is not to be connected to 
      the global IPv6 Internet. The interpretation made by the APNIC 
      Secretariat in this respect included 'unconnected' networks as within
      the scope of this policy.
      The APNIC Executive Committee (EC), in their review of this situation,
      published an interim clarification on the APNIC interpretation of IPv6
      allocations to closed networks in November 2003.[1]
      The clarification notice is to the effect that:
          - "While this notice is in force, APNIC will allocate global IPv6
            space to organisations in accordance with the criteria stated in
            the 'IPv6 allocation and assignment policy' to both networks 
            that are to be connected to the global IPv6 Internet and to 
            unconnected networks."
          - All such allocations made under this interim notice shall be 
            regarded as valid allocations, and shall not be rescinded by 
            APNIC in any subsequent change to the IPv6 allocation and
            assignment policy.
          - 'The IPv6 allocation and assignment policy' is to be referred to
            the APNIC Open Policy Forum, with a request for explicit 
            clarification of the policy with respect to connected and 
            unconnected networks. The outcomes from this process will then 
            be adopted by APNIC, at which time this interim notice will 
      This proposal is the result of the APNIC EC decision.
      2. Background and problem
      The common 'IPv6 address allocation and assignment policy' adopted by
      all RIRs (published in this region by APNIC as document APNIC-089), 
      states that IPv6 allocations are made to organisations meeting the 
      following criteria:
         5.1.1.  Initial allocation criteria
         To qualify for an initial allocation of IPv6 address space, an
         organization must:
         a) be an LIR;
         b) not be an end site;
         c) plan to provide IPv6 connectivity to organizations to which it
            will assign /48s, by advertising that connectivity through its
            single aggregated address allocation; and
         d) have a plan for making at least 200 /48 assignments to other
            organizations within two years.
      It is noted that there is no explicit reference in this criteria for 
      the organisation to connect to the global IPv6 Internet. It is unclear
      whether the original proponents of this allocation policy intended 
      that this policy explicitly refer only to public networks that connect
      to the global IPv6 Internet, or whether the scope for other forms of
      deployment were encompassed within this criteria. 
      The document refers only to the provision of connectivity to other 
      organisations, and while it states that such connectivity will be 
      advertised as an aggregated announcement, there is no mention of the
      context of this aggregate advertisement.
      The APNIC Secretariat, according to the directive from the APNIC EC, 
      has interpreted the IPv6 policy document in a manner that allows 
      allocations to networks that that are unconnected but that otherwise
      meet the relevant allocation criteria.
      One such allocation has been made to date, when the APNIC Secretariat
      received a request for IPv6 address space for a large network that was
      not to be immediately connected with the Internet.  APNIC hostmaster 
      staff assessed and approved the request on consideration of all 
      relevant factors.  In particular, the "connected status" of the 
      network was not regarded as grounds for refusal of the request. 
      3. Other RIRs
      In surveying the manner in which this has been interpreted by the 
      other RIRs, it has been established that ARIN and LACNIC have stated
      that they will not make IPv6 allocations for unconnected networks
      within the current framework of the common 'IPv6 allocation and 
      assignment policy' document, and the RIPE NCC has stated that 
      allocations are made on a case-by-case basis. 
      This difference of interpretation of the common IPv6 policy has been
      raised within the global IPv6 policy discussion as to whether 
      unconnected networks can receive allocations from the RIRs. To date
      there has been no consensus reached in the discussions.
      4. Proposal
      This matter is for the consideration of the APNIC community. 
      It is proposed for the reasons outlined above that the APNIC 
      Secretariat continue to allocate global IPv6 space to organisations
      in accordance with the criteria stated in the 'IPv6 allocation and
      assignment policy' to both networks that are to be connected to the 
      global IPv6 Internet and to unconnected networks. 
      Additional reasoning is that there currently is no alternative for
      users wishing to deploy IPv6 address space in the context of a private
      5. Implementation
      Following a consensus decision from the open policy process, this 
      change would be implemented immediately, and the APNIC EC notice will
      be withdrawn. A companion addendum document to APNIC-089 will be published. 
      6. References
      1   EC clarification note: