[sig-policy] prop-042: Proposal to change IPv6 initial allocation criter

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  • From: Toshiyuki Hosaka <hosaka at nic dot ad dot jp>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 15:31:42 +0900
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      The proposal "Proposal to change IPv6 initial allocation criteria" 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:
      Toshiyuki Hosaka
      on behalf of Policy SIG chair
      hosaka at nic dot ad dot jp
      prop-042-v001:   Proposal to change IPv6 initial allocation criteria
      Author:     Jordi Palet Martinez, Consulintel
      Version:    1
      Date:       22 January 2007
      SIG:        Policy
      This policy modification is intended to provide a solution for the
      lengthy discussions that have taken place in the different regions
      regarding existing IPv6 policies. It also takes account of the changes
      that have already taken place in other Regional Internet Registry
      (RIR) service regions.
      Summary of the current problem
      It is clear that there are small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that
      do not currently have  200 customers, consequently is not feasible for
      them to make "at least 200 /48" assignments in two years. It is,
      however, unfair that these ISPs have no access to IPv6 address space.
      Situation in other RIRs
      This proposal has also been submitted to ARIN, AfriNIC, LACNIC and RIPE
      NCC regions.
      Some of the RIRs don't have already the 200 /48 restriction and have
      some text that freely allows the hostmaster to consider any submission
      ("reasonable number").
      The following policy changes are proposed for APNIC-089, "IPv6 Address
      Allocation and Assignment Policy":
      1.  Initial allocation criteria
          The following changes are proposed in section 5.1.1 of APNIC-089:
          a) Remove the need to have a plan to make 200 /48 assignments in
             two years and replace it with a plan to make a reasonable
             number of assignments in two years.
          There have been already clear examples and discussions in different
          regions about the need for this modification.
          By setting up this policy, we would avoid creating an unfair
          situation among different RIR service regions. Other RIRs have
          already modified the original IPv6 common policy to avoid these
          We could possibly say that an arbitrary number of sites in order to
          qualify for an allocation could be considered illegal in some
          countries. The APNIC community cannot set policies that could prove
          unlawful as this could have important implications.
          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.
          Opposing arguments should avoid being unfair to smaller ISPs that
          could not justify a fixed number of assignments. Such a policy
          could be seen as irrational and might be comparable with imposing
          a similar requirement for IPv4 address space allocations, which
          the community would be unlikely to accept.
      Effect on APNIC
      There may be a small increase in the number of IPv6 allocation requests
      from LIRs that do not have a plan for 200 customers.
      Effect on NIRs
      NIRs may need to adapt their own similar policy. Otherwise, small ISPs
      may become APNIC LIRs to access an IPv6 prefix.
      (end of document)