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[AfriNIC-rpd] Report on policy discussions at the AfriNIC-14 meeting

sm+afrinic at elandsys.com sm+afrinic at elandsys.com
Fri Jun 10 14:40:09 SAST 2011


This is a brief report on policy discussions at the AfriNIC-14 
meeting, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 8 and 9 June 2011.

Posting this report is the last formal act of the outgoing Interim 
Co-chairs (S. Moonesamy and Alan Barrett).  Full minutes of the 
meeting will be posted later, by the incoming Co-chairs of the PDWG 
(Dr Paulos B Nyirenda and Tim McGinnis).


Global Policy Proposals
-----------------------

The following two Global Policy proposals address the issue of IPv4 
address allocation from the IANA to RIRs after the exhaustion of the 
IANA pool of /8 blocks.  As the two proposals are incompatible with 
each other, it would not be possible to implement both of them.  The 
two proposals were discussed together to determine which one has consensus.

Global Policy for IPv4 Allocations by the IANA Post Exhaustion
AFPUB-2010-v4-003-draft-02
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2010-v4-003-draft-02.htm>

     This proposal did not gain consensus.

Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA
AFPUB-2011-v4-004-draft-01
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2011-v4-004-draft-01.htm>

     There was consensus on progressing this proposal to
     Last Call.  No changes were suggested during the meeting.

AfriNIC Policy Proposals
------------------------

Limited Out of Region Allocation of IPv4 Resources
AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2011-v4-003-draft-02.htm>

     This proposal did not gain consensus.  The author, Andrew Alston,
     has formally withdrawn the proposal.

Addition of Real Contact Email into ASN Whois Bulk Data
AFPUB-2010-GEN-007
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2010-GEN-007.htm>

     This proposal did not gain consensus.  The author, Ke Wang,
     has informally indicated an intention to withdraw the
     proposal.

IPv4 Soft Landing Policy
AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-04
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2010-v4-005-draft-04.htm>

     After a length discussion, this proposal gained consensus,
     subject to changes in clause 3.8, as described below.

     In the first paragraph of clause 3.8, there was a suggestion
     to include Legacy Space.  The consensus of the meeting was to
     leave the first paragraph unchanged, and not to add any
     reference to Legacy Space.

     In the second paragraph of clause 3.8, there was objection to
     the "10%" clause.  The following alternatives were suggested:

     a) Keep the old text, with the 10% clause.  That is, 10% of
        each new allocation could be used outside Africa.

     b) Keep the old text, but decrease 10% to 1%, so 1% of each
        new allocation could be used outside Africa.

     c) Alan Barrett's proposal posted to RPD list by SM: require the
        organisation to use at least 50% of its address space in Africa
        (including Legacy Space).  That is, 50% of an organisation's total
        space could be used outside Africa.

     d) Posted to RPD list by Andrew Alston: "AfriNIC resources are for
        the AfriNIC geographic region and any use outside of the region
        should be solely in support of connectivity back to the AfriNIC
        region."  Keeps most of the existing wording, but removes the
        numeric limit.

     e) Posted to RPD list by Bill Woodcock: "Internet resources
        allocated by AfriNIC may be used solely within the AfriNIC region,
        or to directly support connectivity to the AfriNIC region."

     Participants in the meeting were asked, for each of the five
     options, to indicate support for the statement "I could accept
     this text (even if it is not my most preferred option)" or for the
     statement "I hate this text, and could not accept it".  The results
     were overwhelmingly in favour of options (d) or (e), with most
     people being willing to accept either of those options, and with
     nobody claiming to hate either of those options.

     Participants were then asked to choose between options (d) and (e).
     Option (d) gained a little more support than option (e).

     There was a suggestion to change "AfriNIC geographic region"
     to "AfriNIC service region", and this suggestion was accepted.

     The interim co-chairs determined that there was consensus in favour
     of progressing this proposal to Last Call, subject to clause 3.8
     being modified.

Transfer of IPv4 Addresses to Any Entity
AFPUB-2011-v4-001-draft-01
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2011-v4-001-draft-01.htm>

     This proposal did not gain consensus.  Several participants spoke
     against the proposal, and nobody spoke in favour of the proposal.

Reclamation of Allocated but Un-routed IPv4 Addresses
AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-01
<http://www.afrinic.net/docs/policies/AFPUB-2011-v4-002-draft-01.htm>

     This proposal did not gain consensus.  Several participants spoke
     against the proposal, and nobody spoke in favour of the proposal.


Alan Barrett and S. Moonesamy
Outgoing Interim co-chairs, AfriNIC Policy Development Working Group



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