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[policy-wg] New policy proposal (modification to IPv6 Allocation Policy)

JORDI PALET MARTINEZ jordi.palet at consulintel.es
Sun Jun 4 22:37:35 SAST 2006


Hi all,

See below the proposed text, which has been sent also to other RIRs.

Regards,
Jordi


AfriNIC Policy Proposal
 
  Policy Proposal Name:   IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy
  Author:     Jordi Palet Martinez - Consulintel
  Proposal Type:   Modification
  Policy Term:   Permanent
  Policy Document to be Affected:   afpol-v6200407-000
 
Summary of Proposal:
 
This policy modification is intended to provide a solution for the lengthy
discussions that have taken place in the different regions regarding
existing IPv6 Policies. It also takes account of the changes that have
already taken place in other Regional Internet Registry (RIR) service
regions.
 
It is an alternative solution to the existing proposals around IPv6 Provider
Independent (PI) assignments.
 
Often, some organizations need to make internal assignments. Their networks
may be made up of a number of sites that each has their own L2
infrastructure. In some cases, organisations may have a small number of
sites, but still need their own block so that they can avoid future
renumbering, if they change their upstream provider or identify a need to
become Multihomed.
 
One example might be a large university that has several campuses and
faculties, each requiring IPv6 addresses. It may have one or several
upstream providers. The university will most likely need to be able to
assign IPv6 addresses from the same block to its sites and, at the same
time, be able to use one or several upstreams. The university network
behaves like an internal university ISP to each of the End Sites.
 


 
Draft Policy Text: 
 
Existing section 5.1.1. (afpol-v6200407-000)
 
5.1.1. Initial allocation criteria
   
To qualify for an initial allocation of IPv6 address space, an organisation
must:
   
a)    be an LIR;
b)    not be an end site;
c)    show a detailed plan to provide IPv6 connectivity to organizations in
the AfriNIC region.
d)    show a reasonable plan for making /48 IPv6 assignments to end sites in
the AfriNIC region within twelve months. The LIR should also plan to
announce the allocation as a single aggregated block in the inter-domain
routing system within twelve months.
 
Proposed replacement text:
 
5.1.1. Initial allocation criteria
   
To qualify for an initial allocation of IPv6 address space, an organisation
must:
   
a)    be an LIR;
b)    show a detailed plan to provide IPv6 connectivity to organizations in
the AfriNIC region. The organizations may be other organizations, but also
own/related departments/entities/sites;
c)    show a reasonable plan for making /48 IPv6 assignments to end sites in
the AfriNIC region within twelve months. The LIR should also plan to
announce the allocation as a single aggregated block in the inter-domain
routing system within twelve months.
 
Other text to be deleted from afpol-v6200407-000:
 
5.4.2. Assignment of multiple /48s to a single end site
 
   When a single end site requires an additional /48 address block, it
   must request the assignment with documentation or materials that
   justify the request. Requests for multiple or additional /48s will
   be processed and reviewed (i.e., evaluation of justification) at
   the RIR level.
   
   Note: There is no experience at the present time with the
   assignment of multiple /48s to the same end site. Having AfriNIC
   review all such assignments is intended to be a temporary measure
   until some experience has been gained and some common policies can
   be developed. In addition, additional work at defining policies in
   this space will likely be carried out in the near future.
 


 
Rationale:
a. Arguments Supporting the Proposal

There have been already clear examples and discussions in different regions
about the need for this modification.
 
The difficulty encountered in receiving IPv6 address space by some big
entities that have a need to use IPv6 is a clear barrier for its deployment.
 
b. Arguments Opposing the Proposal

One possible effect of this proposal would be a growth of global routing
tables. This is only to be expected when new allocations are made possible
under this proposal.
 
 


 
Acknowledgments:
 
I would like to acknowledge all those who have contributed during many
years, to the discussion of the modifications to the existing policy
suggested by this proposal.
 




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