- Category: Internet Protocols
- Topic: Remaining IPv4 Global Policy, Tracking
- Board meeting date: 20 November 2007
- Resolution number: (__)
- URL for Board minutes/resolution: http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/minutes-20nov07.htm
- Status: Completed
Board directs staff to perform "early awareness tracking" of a Global Policy Proposal for IANA allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space.
Olof Nordling advised that there are numerous projections of dates on the possible exhaustion of IPv4 IANA blocks. A proposal was originally put forward by LACNIC that at a given point of time when a certain number of slash 8 blocks left, from that moment those remaining blocks would be distributed equally to the five RIRs. This has been replaced by putting 'n' an undefined number as the number for the final allocation and by then the IANA pool would be exhausted. This has been discussed in other RIRs and there has been variance to the original proposal put forward where the number 'n' has been put to '1' and other discussions consider it should be '2' rather than '5', these proposals are a variance of one where 'n' remains to be finally decided. The proposal is fairly similar in both cases. Suggestion is to be followed in a similar way in an early awareness provision.
The Chair noted that the Board has been informed by Staff of a global policy developing, has received a report and instructed to put Staff on and keep an eye on process.
Dave Wodelet noted that in the context of the ASN proposal, these are fairly contentious and he does not see the one proposed by LACNIC gaining traction but time would tell.
Raimundo Beca advised that the rate of consumption for RIPE and APNIC is 3 blocks per year, LACNIC 1 per year, and AFRINIC 1 per 2 years. Harald Alvestrand noted that the Board must follow both of these two issues. The ASN is non-controversial and it is easy. IPv4 is terribly important to follow the most likely important issue is not likely to be followed by the global policy: that is the development of a trading policy.
Barbara Roseman reminded the Board that there are two staff members who follow these issues full time. If there were significant changes occurring, the Board would be notified in a timely fashion.
Olof Nordling reminded the Board that global policy is defined within the ASO MOU as the allocation policies between IANA and RIRs and that is the limit and remit of global policy. Trading is important but may be outside the scope of global policy on the allocation of blocks from IANA to RIRs.
Thomas Narten advised that. things like address markets can be done at regional level without Board approval, but we do need to track this at some level. By having Staff track global policy what do we tell Supporting Organizations, what they should do in this community, what ALAC do, should they follow etc.
Barbara Roseman expressed hesitancy about turning this into a policy that we start tracking. One of the dangers of alerting the Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees too early when discussions are still fairly chaotic is they are not sure how to participate and what to address. Overall we do have to balance alerting Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees when we think it is most advantageous for them to be considered as participants rather than onlookers.
Raimundo Beca noted that once global policy is approved by the RIRs, ICANN has only 60 days to comment before ratification and the policy is approved. The early awareness was to make everybody in the community aware of things that may occur.
Raimundo Beca moved, and Jean-Jacques Subrenat seconded the following resolution:
Whereas, the Board's Review Procedures for Global Internet Number Resource Policies Forwarded for Ratification by the ASO Address Council in Accordance with the ASO MoU, in its Article 1 states that "When, in accordance with step 1 in the Global Policy Development Process of the ASO MoU (Attachment A, article 1), ICANN Staff liaising with the addressing community becomes aware of a global policy development within the scope of the ASO MoU, ICANN Staff informs the ICANN Board of this development. The Board decides, as and when appropriate, that this development should be followed by ICANN Staff and instructs the ICANN CEO to assign Staff for this purpose. ICANN Staff so assigned shall inform all ICANN Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees, shall establish an ICANN web page to be kept up to date and shall compile a background report to be kept up to date on this global policy development. This background report shall be provided to the Board as requested."
Whereas, ICANN Staff has informed the Board that a Global Policy Proposal for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space in the Regional Internet Registry system is in development and that this Proposal has entered the first adoption steps within the individual RIRs as well as being recognized by the ASO AC as a valid Global Policy Proposal.
Whereas, the Global Policy Proposal for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space in the Regional Internet Registry system is identified as a global policy development within the scope of the ASO MoU.
Whereas, since Global Policy Proposal was introduced, other Proposals have been launched as alternatives/variants and work in the addressing community is underway to make them converge to a single Proposal.
It is hereby resolved (__) that the Board requests that the development of a Global Policy Proposal for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space in the Regional Internet Registry system, as well as variants/alternatives of and successors to this Proposal, be followed by ICANN Staff in line with the Board's Review Procedures for such policy proposals and instructs the ICANN CEO to assign Staff for this purpose.
A voice vote was taken of all Board Members present and all Board Members present approved the motion unanimously, by a vote of 13 to 0.
- Initiate "early awareness tracking" of the Global Policy Proposal.
- Responsible entity: ICANN Staff
- Due date: None specified
- Completion date: November 2007
Other Related Resolutions
- Board adopted procedure for ICANN Board handling and ratification of Global Policy Proposals, as recorded in the Resolutions of the 15 July 2005 Board Meeting, available at: http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/resolutions-15jul05.htm#p2
- Other resolutions TBD.
- Background reports posted from November 2007 onwards, available at: http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/proposal-ipv4-report-29nov07.htm
- The resolution does not address funding for the items identified therein.
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