[sig-policy] prop-053: Changing minimum IPv4 allocation size to /22

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  • Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 09:37:32 +0900
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      The policy proposal 'prop-053-v001: Changing minimum IPv4 allocation
      size to /24' has been revised by the author in response to community
      feedback on the Policy SIG mailing list.
      
      The new title of the proposal is 'prop-053-v002: Changing minimum IPv4
      allocation size to /22' and the following changes have been made:
      
          - The suggested minimum allocation size has been changed to a /22
      
          - The exact fee for the new Tiny membership tier associated with
            the proposed /22 allocation size has been removed and left for
            the Policy SIG and APNIC Executive Council to determine
      
      This new version of the proposal will be presented during the Policy
      SIG sessions at APNIC 25 in Taipei, Taiwan, 25-29 February 2008.
      
      The proposal's history can be found at:
      
           http://www.apnic.net/policy/proposals/prop-053-v002.html
      
      We invite you to review and comment on the revised 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:
      
           - Ask the proposer questions if anything in the proposal is
             unclear
           - Point out advantages and disadvantages you see in the proposal
           - State whether you support or oppose the proposal
      
      Mailing list discussions will be taken into account when the proposal
      is discussed at the upcoming APNIC meeting. So please make sure you have
      your say.
      
      APNIC Policy SIG Chairs
      Toshiyuki Hosaka
      Randy Bush
      Jian Zhang
      
      
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
      prop-053-v002:  Changing minimum IPv4 allocation size to /22
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
      
      
      Author:    Rajesh Chharia
                 <rc at cjnet4u dot com>
      
      Version:   1
      
      Date:      18 February 2008
      
      
      
      1.  Introduction
      ----------------
      This is a proposal to change the minimum IPv4 allocation size from /21
      to /22 and to create a new Tiny membership tier with an annual fee of
      AU$500 for members with a /22 allocation.
      
      
      2.  Summary of current problem
      ------------------------------
      If a small ISP receives the current minimum IPv4 allocation size of
      /21, the ISP falls into the Small APNIC membership tier and must pay
      an annual fee of AU$3,169 [1].
      
      In India, there are a lot of smaller ISPs and Information Technology
      Enabled Services (ITES) who do not actually require a /21. These ISPs
      and ITES would be satisfied with a /22 if it meant that the associated
      fees for the allocation were reduced.
      
      However, the option of an allocation of less than a /21 is not
      currently available. This means that small ISPs and ITES must pay an
      IP resource application fee for a first allocation and an ongoing fee
      of a minimum of AU$3,169 per year for an allocation.
      
      
      3.   Situation in other RIRs
      ----------------------------
      The minimum IPv4 allocation sizes in other RIR regions are:
      
      - AfriNIC:  /22
      - ARIN:     /22 for multihoming, otherwise /20
      - LACNIC:   /20
      - RIPE:     /21
      
      
      4.   Details of the proposal
      ----------------------------
      It is proposed that:
      
          1. The minimum IPv4 allocation size be changed from /21 to /22.
      
          2. A new Tiny membership tier be introduced for /22 allocations.
      
             This new Tiny tier would have a lower annual fee that would
             be decided by the APNIC Executive Council following discussion
             in the Policy SIG.
      
      
      5.   Advantages and disadvantages of the proposal
      -------------------------------------------------
      Advantages:
      
      - Small ISPs will be able to request an allocation smaller than a /21.
      
      - More small ISPs will be able to afford direct allocations from
        APNIC.
      
      - IP resources can be saved by reducing potential waste associated
        with giving a /21 to small ISPs and ITES that do not need that much
        space.
      
      
      Disadvantage:
      
      - No disadvantage to anybody.
      
      
      6.   Effect on APNIC members
      ----------------------------
      A lot of new smaller members will join APNIC.
      
      
      7.   Effect on NIRs
      -------------------
      No effect.
      
      
      References
      ----------
      [1]  APNIC member fee schedule: tiers, fees, and descriptions
           http://www.apnic.net/docs/corpdocs/member-fee-schedule.html