Modify the size of initial IPv6 allocations

Original Language Español Date Published 02/06/2016 Last Modified 18/11/2016
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Authors

Name: Jordi Palet Martinez
Email: jordi.palet@consulintel.es
Organization: Consulintel

General opinion

Proposal Data

Policy Type: LACNIC
Id: LAC-2016-5
Last version: 4
Presented at: LACNIC 27 Presentations:

Summary

When this policy was drafted, “special” organizations which are not strictly ISPs in the “traditional” sense of the term (organizations that might not sell the service to their customers and/or those which are “internal” customers, even if they are different organizations from an administrative point of view) but rather governments, academic networks or other possible similar cases were not taken into consideration.

Because of their size, number of users, extent of their infrastructure, hierarchical and/or geographic structure, infrastructure segmentation for security or other reasons, etc., under the current text of the policy, these organizations might not be able to justify the need for an allocation larger than a /32.

Rationale

If interpreted strictly by LACNIC staff, the current text of the policy might create problems when trying to justify special cases of LIRs that are not strictly ISPs as defined in section 1.6. It would therefore seem reasonable to establish a clearer case for LIRs that are not “traditional” ISPs. In these situations, IPv4 networks employ private addressing plus one or more NAT layers (this is why this issue has not previously been seen in IPv4, not even in other regions), something which is not appropriate in the case of IPv6.

This case has already occurred in other regions (e.g., RIPE and ARIN), where certain governments (Spain, Germany, USA) have seen their assignments delayed —even for years— because of a lack of an appropriate policy.

The idea is to prevent this error from happening again and that, instead of lagging behind, the region will be prepared and have a proper policy in place for these cases.

Text

The title of section 4.5.1.3 Initial Allocation Size was modified and is now 4.5.1.3 Initial Allocation Size for ISPs.

The addition of a new section is proposed:

4.5.1.4. Initial allocation size for LIRs that are not “ISPs” (governments, associations, academic networks or other similar cases)

Organizations may qualify for an initial allocation larger than a /32 by submitting documentation that justifies the request. In this case, the documentation must address the following considerations:

- The addressing plan must consider the expected longevity of the allocation.
- It must consider the address space needed to serve current “customers,” number of users, extent of the organization's infrastructure, the organization's hierarchical and/or geographic structure, infrastructure segmentation for security or other reasons, and current services considering the minimum assignments recommended by the policy in force.

Additional Information

None

Timetable

Immediate implementation

References

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Public Comments by LACNIC Staff

LACNIC STAFF´S IMPACT ANALYSIS - Proposal LAC-2016-5 - version 4

LACNIC Staff's Interpretation of the Proposal
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Application of Section 4.5.1.3.
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Section 4.5.1.3 will apply in the case of initial allocations to ISPs.

Application of Section 4.5.1.4.
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Section 4.5.1.4 will apply in the case of initial allocations to LIRs that are not ISPs, including governments, associations, academic networks or other similar cases.

Modifications to the current text and comments by LACNIC staff
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According to the modifications included in policy proposal 2016-7, the Policy Manual would change as follows:

• Section "4.5.1.3: Initial Allocation Size” would change to “4.5.1.3. Initial Allocation Size for ISPs.”
• A new section is proposed:
4.5.1.4. Initial allocation size for LIRs that are not “ISPs” (governments, associations, academic networks or other similar cases)
Organizations may qualify for an initial allocation larger than a /32 by submitting documentation that justifies the request. In this case, the documentation must address the following considerations:
- The addressing plan must consider the expected longevity of the allocation.
- It must consider the address space needed to serve current “customers,” number of users, extent of the organization's infrastructure, the organization's hierarchical and/or geographic structure, infrastructure segmentation for security or other reasons, and current services considering the minimum assignments recommended by the policy in force.

LACNIC Staff Comments:
• The title of the new proposed section —4.5.1.4. Initial allocation size for LIRs that are not “ISPs” (governments, associations, academic networks or other similar cases— is not clear on what these “other similar cases” might be.

Implementation of the Proposal
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The proposal can be implemented immediately.

Impact of the policy on the registry system and the address pool
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This proposal does not involve any modifications to the registry system.