[sig-policy] prop-095: Inter-RIR IPv4 address transfer proposal

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  • From: "Terence Zhang YH" <zhangyinghao at cnnic dot cn>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:23:31 +0800
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      The proposal, 'Inter-RIR IPv4 address transfer proposal', has been sent
      to the Policy SIG for review. It will be presented at the Policy SIG at
      APNIC 31 in Hong Kong SAR, China, 21-25 February 2011.
      
      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?
      
      
      Information about this and other policy proposals is available from:
      
                http://www.apnic.net/policy/proposals
      
      
      Gaurab, Ching-Heng, and Terence
      
      
      _______________________________________________________________________
      
      prop-095-v001: Inter-RIR IPv4 address transfer proposal
      _______________________________________________________________________
      
      
      Author:        Tomohiro Fujisaki
      
      Co-authors:    Fumihiro Tanizaki
                      Masaru Akai
                      Toshio Tachibana
                      Akira Nakagawa
      
      Version:       1
      
      Date:          25 January 2011
      
      
      
      1.  Introduction
      ----------------
      
      This is a proposal to allow and define a mechanism for the transfer of
      IPv4 address space between APNIC account holders and organizations in
      other RIR region(s), providing that the counterpart RIR has a policy
      that allows transfers of address space with APNIC account holders.
      
      
      2. Definitions
      --------------
      
      2.1 Source
      
           When the source is from the APNIC region, the definition of
           "source" from the active APNIC transfer policy [1] is to be used.
           That is, the source must be a current APNIC account holder.
      
           When the source of the transfer is from another RIR region, then
           the source must be that RIR's equivalent to the "source" defined in
           the active APNIC transfer policy.
      
      
      2.2 Recipient
      
           When the recipient is from the APNIC region, the definition of
           "recipient" from the active APNIC transfer policy is to be used.
           That is, the recipient must be a current APNIC account holder.
      
           When the recipient of the transfer is from another RIR region, then
           the recipient must be that RIR's equivalent to the "recipient"
           defined in the active APNIC transfer policy.
      
      
      3.  Summary of the current problem
      ----------------------------------
      
      The goal of the APNIC transfer policy was to help distribute IPv4
      addresses from those who no longer need the addresses to organizations
      that need the addresses, but can no longer obtain them from their RIR.
      
      However, the current APNIC transfer policy is restricted to IPv4
      transfers within the APNIC region. It does not allow transfers between
      APNIC account holders and organizations with IPv4 addresses registered
      with other RIRs. This restriction limits the ability of APNIC's
      transfer policy's goal of allowing IPv4 addresses to be transferred to
      networks that need them by preventing surplus and need to be balanced
      across regional boundaries as well as within the APNIC region.
      
      
      4.  Situation in other RIRs
      ---------------------------
      
      ARIN:
      
           The ARIN policy proposal 119, "Globally Coordinated Transfer
           Policy," is currently on the ARIN Address Council's docket for
           development and evaluation:
      
           http://lists.arin.net/pipermail/arin-ppml/2010-October/018588.html
      
      There are no similar proposals in the AfriNIC, LACNIC or RIPE regions.
      
      
      5.  Details
      -----------
      
      It is proposed that:
      
      5.1 Inter-RIR transfers be permitted when the other RIR involved in the
           transfer has a policy in place that permits transfers of IPv4
           address space between APNIC and their own region.
      
      5.2 APNIC acknowledge and process the transfer of IPv4 space to a
           current APNIC account holder according to the following processes
           and conditions:
      
      
           5.2.1 Conditions on the space to be transferred
      
                 - The IPv4 address space should be under the management of
                   the counterpart RIR.
      
                 - The authentic holder of the space should match with the
                   source without any disputes.
      
      
           5.2.2 Conditions on the transfer
      
                  - The conditions defined by the active policy of the
                    counterpart RIR at the time of transfer will apply.
                    This includes conditions such as the size of the transfer,
                    requirements for justification on utilization, or any
                    other conditions included in the counterpart RIR's policy.
      
                  - APNIC should provide the necessary documentation to the
                    counterpart RIR.
      
      
           5.2.3 Approval of the transfer
      
                 The transfer must have the approval of both the counterpart
                 RIR and APNIC to proceed with the transfer, with confirmation
                 that both the source and recipient have agreed to the
                 transfer.
      
      
      5.3 APNIC acknowledge and process the transfer of IPv4 space from a
           current APNIC account holder to another RIR region according to the
           following processes and conditions:
      
      
           5.3.1 Conditions on the space to be transferred
      
                 - The IPv4 address space should be under the management of
                   APNIC.
      
                 - The authentic holder of the space should match with the
                   source without any disputes.
      
      
           5.3.2 Conditions on the transfer
      
                 - The conditions defined by APNIC's transfer policy active at
                   the time of transfer will apply. This includes conditions
                   such as the size of the transfer, requirements for
                   justification on utilization, or any other conditions
                   included in APNIC's transfer policy.
      
                 - The counterpart RIR should provide the necessary
                   documentation to APNIC.
      
      
           5.3.3 Approval of the transfer
      
                 The transfer must have the approval of both the counterpart
                 RIR and APNIC to proceed with the transfer, with confirmation
                 that both the source and recipient have agreed to the
                 transfer.
      
      
      6.  Pros/Cons
      -------------
      
      Advantages:
      
           - This proposal will expand the scope of transferable IPv4 address
             space outside of the APNIC region, and therefore better meet the
             goals of the APNIC transfer policy.
      
      
      Disadvantages:
      
           - The other RIR's transfer policy will apply when the source of the
             transfer is from the other RIR's region. This could potentially
             create confusion for APNIC account holders expecting APNIC's
             transfer policy to apply.
      
      
      7.  Effect on APNIC
      -------------------
      
      When APNIC account holders are the recipient of a transfer, and the
      source is located in another RIR, the account holder must be aware of
      the transfer policy in place at that other RIR.
      
      
      8.  Effect on NIRs
      ------------------
      
      NIRs are given a choice on whether to adopt this policy. If NIRs choose
      to adopt this policy, the transfer procedure will be processed via
      APNIC.
      
      
      9.  References
      --------------
      
      [1] Section 3, "Transfers of IPv4 addresses," in "APNIC transfer,
           merger, acquisition, and takeover policy"
           http://www.apnic.net/policy/transfer-policy