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[AfriNIC-rpd] Policy Proposal: End user classification for Universities

SM sm at
Thu Jun 28 22:05:17 UTC 2012

Hi Andrew,

I'll ignore some PDP details as this is a quick comment.

At 05:32 28-06-2012, Andrew Alston wrote:
>Draft Policy Name:  End user classification of African Universities


>This policy proposes that Universities on the African continent be 
>declared as End Users by default, where the default shall apply 
>unless specific conditions are met which would change the 
>classification to LIR.

What's the definition for "universities"?

>[3] The Proposal
>[3.1] Under this policy a university applying for address space for 
>use by the central IT department to number the various faculties and 
>departments would be classified as an end user

This is the current definition for End user:

   "An End User is an organization that receives assignments of IP addresses
    exclusively for use in its operational networks."

How is that different from the above?

>[3.3] Where a university had an autonomous faculty that was 
>independent of central IT, the faculty themselves would have to 
>apply for membership and PI space, or alternatively the university 
>would have to apply for LIR status.

Policies in this region do not discuss about "membership".

>[3.4] Under this policy, it is proposed that universities would, as 
>part of the application criteria for resources, have to acknowledge 
>in writing that they are not providing such resources to other 
>autonomous entities.

The above proposes an alternative without considering how the system 
can be gamed.  If your proposal is loosely worded it can be 
interpreted in ways contrary to the intent.


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