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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv6 Allocations to Non-Profit Networks
colin at thusa.co.za
Tue Jan 13 17:53:10 UTC 2009
On 2009/01/13 06:26 PM Bill Woodcock wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Jan 2009, Graham Beneke wrote:
> > IPv6 Allocations to Non-Profit Networks
> > ----------
> > Many community and non-profit networks exist on the African continent
> > and around the world... Many of these organizations provide the
> > services free of charge and do not have any kind of revenue stream.
> I strongly support this policy.
> This is the model under which the Internet was initially built... IP
> addresses were allocated to those who needed them to build Internet
> infrastructure, without fees, up until the creation of the RIRs, and a lot
> of work got done during that time. Notably, a lot of the work was done by
> individuals and small organizations that were subsequently squeezed out of
> the industry by large phone companies, for whom the RIR fees were not an
While I do agree, the 3ffe:: range was already declared for testing and
research requirements, so I imagine the market will be free providers,
hotspots or internet exchanges.
My problem is the following
"* The organization should provide details of peering arrangements with
at least 2 public AS's when applying for the allocation. "
Firstly, why two ASN's? This produces a boot-strapping issue since v6
peers can be few or non-existent in many contexts. The wording though is
"should" so this doesn't make sense as a criteria or some wording should
be done to provide an alternate provision criteria. ie The organisation
/must/ provide details of peering arrangements and plan to be
multi-homed OR provide a research/project plan which outlines why this
criteria can not be met.
Also "The organization must announce the allocation in an aggregated
way. The organization may not sub-allocate portions of the address
space". This will fundamentally limit the work or research that could be
done with such an allocation, which I think is damaging to its purpose.
The other issue is the policy does not define whether an ASN will be
provided to those organisations who apply.
Colin Alston <colin at thusa.co.za>
System Analyst, Linux & Internet Services
Thusa Business Support (Pty) Ltd
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