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[AfriNIC-rpd] Updated AFPUB-2010-v4-003

Hannigan, Martin marty at
Thu Nov 25 08:42:11 UTC 2010

Dear Colleagues,

As discussed, the most recent version of the proposal text is below.

Best Regards,


-----updated policy text

1. Reclamation Pool

Upon adoption of this IPv4 address policy by the ICANN Board of Directors,
the IANA shall establish a Reclamation Pool to be utilized
post RIR IPv4 exhaustion as defined in Section 4. The reclamation pool will
initially contain any fragments that may be left over in IANA
inventory. As soon as the first RIR exhausts its inventory of IP address
space, this Reclamation Pool will be declared active. When the
Reclamation Pool is declared active, the Global Policy for the Allocation of
the Remaining IPv4 Address Space[3] and Policy for
Allocation of IPv4 Blocks to Regional Internet Registries[4] will be
formally deprecated.

2. Returning Address Space to the IANA

The IANA will accept into the Reclamation Pool all eligible IPv4 address
space that are offered for return. Eligible address space
includes addresses that are not designated as "special use" by an IETF RFC
or addresses allocated to RIR's unless they are being returned by
the RIR that they were originally allocated to. Legacy address holders may
return address space directly to the IANA if they so choose.

3. Address Allocations from the Reclamation Pool by the IANA

  Allocations from the Reclamation Pool may begin once the pool is declared
active. Addresses in the Reclamation Pool must be allocated on a CIDR
boundary. Allocations from the Reclamation Pool are subject to a minimum
allocation unit equal to the minimum allocation unit of all RIRs and a
maximum allocation unit of one /8. The Reclamation Pool will be divided on
CIDR boundaries and distributed evenly to all eligible RIRs once each
quarter. Any remainder not evenly divisible by the number of eligible RIRs
will remain in the Reclamation Pool until such time sufficient address
returns allow another round of allocations.

4. RIR Eligibility for Receiving Allocations from the Reclamation Pool

  Upon the exhaustion of an RIR's free space pool and after receiving their
final /8 from the IANA[3], an RIR will become eligible to request address
space from the IANA Reclamation Pool when it publicly announces via its
respective global announcements email list and by posting a notice on its
website that it has exhausted its supply of IPv4 address space. Exhaustion
is defined as an inventory of less than the equivalent of a single /8 and
the inability to further assign address space to its customers in units
equal to or shorter than the longest of any RIR's policy defined minimum
allocation unit. Up to one /10 or equivalent of IPv4 address space
specifically reserved for any special purpose by an RIR will not be counted
against that RIR when determining eligibility unless that space was received
from the IANA reclamation pool. Any RIR that is formed after the ICANN Board
of Directors has ratified this policy is not eligible to utilize this policy
to obtain IPv4 address space from the IANA.

5. Reporting Requirements

The IANA shall publish on at least a weekly basis a report that is  publicly
available which at a minimum details all address space that has been
received and that has been allocated. The IANA shall publish a Returned
Address Space Report which indicates what resources were returned, by whom
and when. The IANA shall publish an Allocations
Report on at least a weekly basis which at a minimum indicates what IPv4
address space has been allocated, which RIR received the
allocation and when. The IANA shall publish a public notice confirming RIR
eligibility subsequent to Section 4.

6. No Transfer Rights

Address space assigned from the Reclamation Pool may be transferred if there
is either an ICANN Board ratified global policy or globally
coordinated RIR policy specifically written to deal with transfers whether
inter-RIR or from one entity to another. Transfers must meet
the requirements of such a policy. In the absence of such a policy, no
transfers of any kind related to address space allocated or assigned
from the reclamation pool is allowed. 

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