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

ARIN-2016-2: Change timeframes for IPv4 requests to 24 months

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Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2016-2: Change timeframes for IPv4 requests to 24 months

Date: 20 September 2016

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

2016-2 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 2016-2 to Recommended Draft will facilitate moving the best policy forward in a timely manner.

Problem Statement:

Disparity in timeframes between pre-approvals for waiting list and pre-approval for transfers is creating difficulties for organizations that initially apply to be on the waiting list and subsequently elect to satisfy their needs through transfers. Therefore, this proposal seeks to set all timeframes for IPv4 request approvals to 24 months. Prior to runout, such a change could have created great disparity in resource distribution just because of coincidence of request timing. With the free pool gone, this is no longer an issue.

Policy statement:

The following changes would be made in the NRPM:

1. Retitle section “Three months” to “Time Horizon”.

2. Section body, replace “three months” with “24 months”.

3. Section, replace the term “three months” with “24 months”.

4. Section 4.3.3, replace both instances of “one year” with “24 months”.

5. Section, replace the entire paragraph which currently reads:

"ISPs may request up to a 3-month supply of IPv4 addresses from ARIN, or a 24-month supply via 8.3 or 8.4 transfer. Determination of the appropriate allocation to be issued is based on efficient utilization of space within this time frame, consistent with the principles in 4.2.1.”


“ISPs may request up to a 24-month supply of IPv4 addresses.”


a. Timetable for implementation: Immediate

b. Clarification of intent - This policy would not affect the existing waiting list in any way. This policy would simply change the qualification period to 24 months, so new entrants can go to either the bottom of the waiting list or to the transfer market to seek their 24-month supply. If an existing entity on the waiting list wants to re-qualify and expand their request to a 24-month supply, they would go to the end of the list. Otherwise, they would remain on the waiting list with the original approved block size unchanged. If the organization's needs have changed by the time IPv4 space becomes available to fill waiting list requests, the organization will be re-qualified under the new more lenient 24-month standard, but regardless of re-qualification, the organization will not be eligible to receive a larger block than they originally qualified for when they were placed on the waiting list.
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