[sig-policy] prop-124: - Clarification on IPv6 Sub-Assignments returned to author

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    • Dear colleagues

      Version 4 of prop-124: Clarification on IPv6 Sub-Assignments, did not reach consensus at the APNIC 46 Open Policy Meeting.

      The Policy SIG Chairs returned the proposal to the author for further
      discussion with the community and invited the author to submit an amended version based on the community's feedback.

      Proposal details, including the full text of the proposal, history, and
      links to previous versions are available at:

      https://www.apnic.net/community/policy/proposals/prop-124/
      

      Regards

      Sumon, Bertrand, Ching-Heng
      Policy SIG Chairs


      prop-124-v004: Clarification on IPv6 Sub-Assignments


      Proposer: Jordi Palet Martínez
      jordi.palet@theipv6company.com

      1. Problem Statement

      When the policy was drafted, the concept of assignments/sub-assignments
      did not consider a practice very common in IPv4 which is replicated and
      even amplified in IPv6: the use of IP addresses for point-to-point links
      or VPNs.

      In the case of IPv6, instead of unique addresses, the use of unique
      prefixes (/64) is increasingly common.

      Likewise, the policy failed to consider the use of IP addresses in hotspots,
      or the use of IP addresses by guests or employees in Bring Your Own Device
      (BYOD) and many other similar cases.

      One more case is when an end-user contracts a third-party to do some services
      in their own network and they need to deploy their own devices, even servers,
      network equipment, etc. For example, security surveillance services may require
      that the contractor provides their own cameras, recording system, even their
      own firewall and/or router for a dedicated VPN, etc. Of course, in many cases,
      this surveillance system may need to use the addressing space of the end-user.

      Finally, the IETF has recently approved the use of a unique /64 prefix per
      interface/host (RFC8273) instead of a unique address. This, for example,
      allows users to connect to a hotspot, receive a /64 such that they are
      “isolated” from other users (for reasons of security, regulatory
      requirements, etc.) and they can also use multiple virtual machines
      on their devices with a unique address for each one (within the same /64).

      2. Objective of policy change

      Section 2.2.3. (Definitions/Assigned Address Space), explicitly prohibits
      such assignments, stating that “Assigned ... may not be sub-assigned”.

      https://www.apnic.net/community/policy/resources#2.2.3.-Assigned-address-space

      This proposal clarifies this situation in this regard and better define the
      concept, particularly considering new uses of IPv6 (RFC 8273), by means of
      a new paragraph.

      3. Situation in other regions

      This situation, has already been corrected in RIPE, and the policy was updated
      in a similar way, even if right now there is a small discrepancy between the
      policy text that reached consensus and the RIPE NCC Impact Analysis. A new
      policy proposal has been submitted to amend that, and the text is the same
      as presented by this proposal at APNIC. Same text has also been submitted
      to AfriNIC, LACNIC and ARIN.

      4. Proposed policy solution

      Add a new paragraph after the existing one in 2.2.3
      https://www.apnic.net/community/policy/resources#2.2.3.-Assigned-address-space

      Actual text:
      2.2.3. Assigned address space
      Assigned address space is address space that is delegated to an LIR, or end-user,
      for specific use within the Internet infrastructure they operate. Assignments must
      only be made for specific, documented purposes and may not be sub-assigned.

      New text:
      2.2.3. Assigned address space
      Assigned address space is address space that is delegated to an LIR, or end-user,
      for specific use within the Internet infrastructure they operate. Assignments must
      only be made for specific, documented purposes and may not be sub-assigned.

      Providing addressing space to third party devices including addresses for
      point-to-point links and/or non-permanently providing addressing space to third
      parties, for use on a network managed and operated by the assignment holder,
      shall not be considered a sub-assignment.

      The provision of addressing space for permanent or semi-permanent connectivity,
      such as broadband services, is still considered a sub-assignment.

      5. Advantages / Disadvantages

      Advantages:
      Fulfilling the objective above indicated and making sure to match the real situation
      in the market.

      Disadvantages:
      None foreseen.

      6. Impact on resource holders

      None

      7. References

      Links to RIPE policy amended and new policy proposal submitted.

      Cordialement,


      Bertrand Cherrier
      Administration Systèmes - R&D
      Micro Logic Systems
      b.cherrier@micrologic.nc
      https://www.mls.nc
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