[sig-policy] prop-095-v003: Inter-RIR IPv4 address transfer proposal

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      Dear SIG members
      
      Below is an updated version of the proposal that includes elements
      changed during the APNIC 31 Policy SIG meeting.
      
      The following changes were made:
      
             - The conditions on the source and recipient of the transfer in
               section 5.2 were changed.
      
      The proposal's history can be found at:
      
            http://www.apnic.net/policy/proposals/prop-095
      
      This proposal reached consensus at the Policy SIG meeting during the
      Policy SIG at APNIC 31 in Hong Kong SAR, China, 21-25 February 2011.
      
      It will be presented to the Policy SIG mailing list soon for a formal
      eight-week final call for comments.
      
      Gaurab, Terence, and Andy
      
      _______________________________________________________________________
      
      prop-095-v003: Inter-RIR IPv4 address transfer proposal
      _______________________________________________________________________
      
      
      Author:        Tomohiro Fujisaki
      
      Co-authors:    Fuminori Tanizaki
                      Masaru Akai
                      Toshio Tachibana
                      Akira Nakagawa
      
      Version:       3
      
      Date:          24 February 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 has draft policy ARIN-2011-1, "Globally Coordinated
            Transfer Policy".
      
           https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2011_1.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 between
           APNIC account holders and an equivalent of account holders in other
           RIRs, 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 RIR which the transfer source holds an account
      
                  - The authentic holder of the space should match with the
                    source without any disputes.
      
      
            5.2.2 Conditions on the source of the transfer
      
                  The conditions of the transfer defined by RIR where the
                  source organization holds an account, will apply to the
                  source of the transfer:
      
                    -  For transfers from an APNIC account holder to an
                       account holder of the counterpart RIR(*), the
                       conditions defined in APNIC transfer policy at the
                       time  of the transfer will apply
      
                    -  For transfers from an account holder of the counterpart
                       RIR(*) to an APNIC account holder, the conditions
                       defined in the counterpart RIR's transfer policy at the
                       time of the transfer will apply
      
              (*) Counterpart RIR is the RIR that APNIC transfers the IPv4
                  address space from/to
      
            5.2.3 Conditions on the recipient of the transfer
      
                  The conditions of the transfer defined by RIR where the
                  recipient organization holds an account, will apply to the
                  recipient of the transfer:
      
                    -  For transfers from an account holder of the counterpart
                       RIR(*) to APNIC account holder, the conditions defined
                       in APNIC transfer policy at the time of the transfer
                       will apply
      
                    -  For transfers from APNIC account holder an account
                       holder of to the counterpart RIR(*), the conditions
                       defined in the counterpart RIR's transfer policy at the
                       time  of the transfer will apply
      
              (*) Counterpart RIR is the RIR that APNIC transfers the IPv4
                  address space from/to
      
            5.2.4 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:
      
            - None.
      
      
      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
      
      
      - -- 
      
      http://www.gaurab.org.np/
      
      
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