On 15 September 2016, the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) advanced the following Draft Policy to Recommended Draft Policy status:

ARIN-2015-7: Simplified requirements for demonstrated need for IPv4 transfers

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Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2015-7: Simplified requirements for demonstrated need for IPv4 transfers

Date: 20 September 2016

AC's assessment of conformance with the Principles of Internet Number Resource Policy:

2015-7 is one of a set of overlapping policies involving simplification of section 8 specified transfer policy. Each takes a somewhat different approach, and all have a degree of community support. Based on community feedback at the upcoming ARIN 38 meeting in Dallas, we hope to advance whichever of those proposals is best-supported by the community, or craft and advance a unified proposal that incorporates the best attributes of the proposals currently on the docket. Moving 2015-7 to Recommended Draft will facilitate moving the best policy forward in a timely manner.

Problem statement:

ARIN transfer policy currently inherits all its demonstrated need requirements for IPv4 transfers from NRPM sections 4. Because that section was written primarily to deal with free pool allocations, it is much more complicated than is really necessary for transfers. In practice, ARIN staff applies much more lenient needs assessment to section 8 IPv4 transfer requests than to free pool requests, as 24-month needs are much more difficult to assess to the same level of detail.

This proposal seeks to dramatically simplify the needs assessment process for 8.3 transfers, while still allowing organizations with corner-case requirements to apply under existing policy if necessary.

Policy statement:

Append the follwing bullet point to "Conditions on recipient of the transfer" section in NRPM 8.3 and 8.4 A recipient of IPv4 number resources may, at its option, demonstrate need by having an officer of the requesting organization attest that they will use at least 50% of their aggregate IPv4 addresses (including the requested resources) on an operational network within 24 months, rather than the criteria enumerated in Section 4 of the NRPM.


a. Timetable for implementation: Immediate

b. Anything else
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