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

Frank Habicht geier at
Sun Jul 6 09:24:18 UTC 2014


I like the intention, the proposal, and thank Douglas for drafting it.
I like the number 40. And I think if we start discussing this number we
will never stop discussing the number - what about 34.5% as a compromise?   ;-)

"AFRINIC's best interests" is mentioned but I think there are quite diverse
interpretations for this. (and I believe it shouldn't be
"Africa's best interest", because there are even more)

I'd also like to see an impact assessment from AfriNIC staff, at least
weeks before the next policy meeting.

I think it's true that policing it will never work 100%.
But that's probably also true for other policies. And with life in general.

> f. This policy shall apply to past, present and future
> allocations/assignments made by AFRINIC.
past allocations are done, without this condition, and might be used with
more than 40% of IPs outside the AfriNIC service region.
In my opinion it can and should apply to new allocations/assignments and
include (as is intended I am sure) all past allocations/assignments from
AfriNIC in the calculations (am sure can't include legacy space if used
outside - does anyone think is should include legacy space if used inside
Africa?) does it need more word in b. for that?

"present allocations/assignments" -- I think there'll be only a handful in
the queue when the board ratifies, so I would prefer
"... apply to all allocations/assignments made after ratification of this
policy by the board."
(but we clarify whether old ones will be counted)


On 7/4/2014 5:55 PM, Seun Ojedeji 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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