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[rpd] New proposal - "Out-Of-Region Use of AFRINIC Internet Number Resources" (AFPUB-2014-GEN-002-DRAFT-01)

McTim dogwallah at
Fri Jul 4 15:15:59 UTC 2014

In general, I can get behind this proposal.


"c. AFRINIC staff shall at their discretion, and using whatever means
are available, assess compliance with 3.a/b"

is a bit worrisome.

I will wait until the impact on NIC staff comes out to make a final
declaration of full support.


"A name indicates what we seek. An address indicates where it is. A
route indicates how we get there."  Jon Postel

On Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM, Seun Ojedeji <seun.ojedeji at> wrote:
> Dear members,
> We have received a new policy Proposal - "Out-Of-Region Use of AFRINIC
> Internet Number Resources" (AFPUB-2014-GEN-002-DRAFT-01)
> Draft Policy name: Out-Of-Region Use of AFRINIC Internet Number Resources
> Unique identifier: AFPUB-2014-GEN-002-DRAFT-01
> Status: New
> Submission Date 03 JULY 2014
> Author: Douglas Onyango
> Url:
> Short url:
> Text Below:
> 1) Summary of the Problem Being Addressed by this Policy Proposal
> Currently, AFRINIC policies do not explicitly allow or disallow
> Out-Of-Region use of Internet number resources. This silence on an important
> facet of number resource management jeopardizes administration by leaving
> staff to arbitrarily decide how to handle Out-Of-Region requests. The
> imminent exhaustion of IPv4 aggravates the situation because it is
> anticipated that organizations from other regions will have more incentive
> to exploit this and any other loophole in AFRINIC polices to acquire
> resources for sale or use outside the region - a practice that is not in
> AFRINIC's best interests.
> 2) Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem
> This policy allows up to 40% of Internet number resources in use by a member
> to be outside the region. It also tries to be a disincentive for
> organizations from other regions that want to acquire resources from AFRINIC
> for use in ways that are not in line with AFRINIC's best interests.
> For the avoidance of doubt, the author does not seek to prolong the lifespan
> of IPv4 with this proposal but rather, to ensure that number resources
> allocated/assigned by AFRINIC are used by legitimate members from the
> service region to support their network operations, regardless of physical
> location.
> 3) Proposal
> a. Upon ratification of this proposal, out-of-region use of AFRINIC's number
> resources shall be permitted as long it is preceded by use within the
> region.
> b. Notwithstanding (3.a), the number resources used outside the region at
> any given point in time shall not exceed 40% of the total space in use by a
> member. Total space in use shall be calculated as follows: if x be the
> allocation/assignment size; and x-y the amount of space in use at time z,
> then 40% of (x-y) shall be the ceiling).
> c. AFRINIC staff shall at their discretion, and using whatever means are
> available, assess compliance with 3.a/b.
> d. This proposal shall forthwith be part of the acceptable use policy for
> Internet numbers any breaches shall be dealt with in accordance with the RSA
> other AFRINIC policies.
> e. This policy shall not be applied in mutual exclusion, but rather
> complement already existing policies and other eligibility criteria
> prescribed by AFRINIC.
> f. This policy shall apply to past, present and future
> allocations/assignments made by AFRINIC.
> g. This policy shall remain in effect until:
> 1. It is mooted by another policy or it is superseded by a board resolution.
> 2. Until section 3.8 of the IPv4 Soft-landing Policy kicks in. (Use of IPv4
> space from the last /8 outside the region shall be only to facilitate
> connectivity back to the region).
> History
> Previous Versions
> 03/07/2014: Version AFPUB-2014-GEN-001-DRAFT-01 posted to the mailing list.
> Useful urls:
> Policy proposals:
> About the policy development process:
> Regards
> ---
> Seun Ojedeji & Adam Nelson
> PDWG Co-Chairs
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