Looking at other posts from elsewhere,
There was an idea proposed which I REALLY liked – which would achieve multiple
Basically – we could look at creating an “African Internet Fund” that does not
have MONEY in it – but does have a large block of IP space in it (potentially
as much as a /9 – sufficient to deplete the pool enough that it changes the
dynamics in the region while still ensuring that the space stays available).
At that point, the African Internet Fund is run by a group of individuals,
elected and/or appointed – and they are tasked with deciding how this space
will be used and granted. Basically, individuals can apply to the access fund
for projects that need v4 space that will directly benefit the continent, they
would have to prove v6 deployment alongside it (not just plans to take a v6
block and announce it, actual deployment plans, which would be monitored), and
the project would have to provide KPI’s etc etc. Basically the same way that
funding from donor organizations work, just with IP space.
The primary task of the AIF would be to determine that the application met
developmental objectives for the continent and was a worthwhile project, and
benefitted end users – rather than just ISP’s.
This ensures that a.) space stays on the continent b.) we don’t sit with large
amounts of v4 space that is taking forever to deplete c.) the space is being
used by worthy causes and d.) it promotes v6 through depletion of v4.
Very curious to hear community thoughts on something like this – personally I
love the idea.
On 13/10/2016, 16:11, "Alan Barrett" <alan.barr...@afrinic.net> wrote:
> On 13 Oct 2016, at 08:45, Andrew Alston <andrew.als...@liquidtelecom.com>
> we have to consider the fact that the space that was given to AfriNIC by
IANA was meant to the serve the people, and I’m pretty sure that if AfriNIC
decided to just stop allocating and hold onto all of it they would run foul of
the agreements under which they were given that space. (I could be wrong here,
perhaps someone with more insight can comment).
Some might think that the IANA tells the RIRs what to do, and others might
think that the IANA numbering services are provided under a contract in which
the RIRs decide what to do. I would not like to find out what happens if
AFRINIC decides to stop allocating IPv4 space and an aggrieved party takes a
dispute to court. I’d much prefer to see AFRINIC continue to allocate IPv4
space under policies developed by the community.
At present, the soft landing policy (section 5.4 of the conslidated policy
reserves a /12 of IPv4 space that will never be allocated unless either the
policy changes, or the Board takes action:
5.4.7 IPv4 Address Space Reserve
126.96.36.199 A /12 IPv4 address block will be in reserve out of the final /8.
This /12 IPv4 address block shall be preserved by AFRINIC for some future uses,
as yet unforeseen. The Internet is innovative and we cannot predict with
certainty what might happen. Therefore, it is prudent to keep this block in
reserve, just in case some future requirement creates a demand for IPv4
188.8.131.52 When AFRINIC, can no longer meet any more requests for address
space (from the Final /8 or from any other available address space), the Board
may at its discretion and considering the demand and other factors at the time
replenish the exhaustion pool with whatever address space (or part thereof)
that may be available to AFRINIC at the time, in a manner that is in the best
interest of the community.
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