APNIC 40 Policy meeting considers eligibility criteria

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Policy is the theme of tomorrow’s sessions at APNIC 40.

The Open Policy Meeting, convened by the APNIC Policy SIG (Special Interest Group) is an important responsibility of the community, which is charged with the stewardship and careful management of IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs).

Twice a year the APNIC community converges on the Open Policy Meeting to discuss and decide on proposals to review, amend, or create the policies used to govern Internet number resource management in the Asia Pacific.

Why you should attend

Policy changes decided by the Policy SIG generally have a direct affect on the availability of IP addresses and ASNs for Internet service providers and corporations in other business sectors, which also rely on the Internet for critical business functions.

Any easing of demonstrated needs criteria proposed in the Policy SIG must be carefully weighed and considered as it has direct impact on the future availability of these resources. So while today’s users might enjoy access to more resources, new operators may find it difficult to secure much-needed IPv4 addresses to connect to the public Internet in the future.

To assist the considerations of this decision an analysis by Geoff Huston of APNIC will look at the delegation rate of the final two pools of IPv4 addresses so participants can gauge how quickly APNIC is using its final IPv4 addresses.

APNIC policies also control other aspects of addressing, such as the registration of delegations in the APNIC Whois Database. The requirement to maintain accurate whois records is a matter of policy and the nature of these registrations will also be the subject of a policy proposal discussion in Jakarta, Indonesia next month.

Policy proposals to be discussed

These are the policy proposals to be discussed at the meeting tomorrow:

  • prop-113: Modification in the IPv4 eligibility criteria
    This proposal would extend the criteria for end-site IPv4 delegation (assignments) so that an organization is eligible if it is currently multihomed, or interconnected with provider (ISP)-based addresses, or demonstrates a plan to advertise the prefixes within 3 months.
  • prop-114: Modification in the ASN eligibility criteria
    This proposal is to modify the eligibility criteria for Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs), so that the absolute requirement to multihome is removed. Under the proposal, an organization is eligible for an ASN assignment if it is planning to use it within the next 6 months.
  • prop-115-v001: Registration of detailed assignment information in whois DB
    This proposal calls for more specific assignment data in the APNIC Whois Database to support network operators wanting to filter out harmful traffic. For IPv4, the proposal is to add ‘port range’ information to IP address entries and for IPv6 to provide ‘assignment prefix size’ information for specific addresses. The proposal suggests these detailed records could be made available only to operators for security reasons.

Other items on the agenda include Tomohiro Fujisaki will also conduct a community consultation ahead of a possible policy proposal about the IPv6 addressing requirements for machine to machine communications and the Internet of Things <link to slides on the website>

A presentation by Jim Cowie about how transfers can go wrong will provde a short list of things to keep in mind when engaging in transfers. Things like carefully researching the historical routing of the addresses and establishing strong technical contacts in the sellers organization.

For more information about the agenda or to participate online visit the APNIC 40 Conference website.

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