prop-055: Global policy for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space

Proposal text



This policy describes the process for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 space from IANA to the RIRs. When a minimum amount of available space is reached, one /8 will be allocated from IANA to each RIR, replacing the current IPv4 allocation policy.

Current status

Policy now active.


Roque Gagliano, ANTEL
Francisco Obispo, CENIT
Haitham EL Nakhal, MCIT
Didier Allain Kla, ISOC Cote d'Ivoire
JPNIC IPv4 countdown policy team:

  • Akinori Maemura
  • Akira Nakagawa
  • Izumi Okutani
  • Kosuke Ito
  • Kuniaki Kondo
  • Shuji Nakamura
  • Susumu Sato
  • Takashi Arano
  • Tomohiro Fujisaki
  • Tomoya Yoshida
  • Toshiyuki Hosaka

Relevant forum

Policy SIG

Most recent version


Previous versions


Status at other RIRs

AfriNIC: Ratified by AfriNIC Board of Directors
ARIN: Approved by Board of Trustees
LACNIC: Approved
RIPE: Accepted

Proposal history



23 January 2008

Version 1 announced on Policy SIG mailing list for discussion

28 February 2008

Version 1 presented at APNIC 25 Policy SIG where it received majority support but not consensus.

4 March 2008

Returned to the Policy SIG mailing list for further discussion.

22 July 2008

Version 2 announced on the Policy SIG mailing list for discussion.

  • Version 2 includes an updated "Situation in other RIRs" section. The rest of the proposal text remains unchanged.

29 August 2008

Reached consensus at APNIC 26 Policy SIG and AMM.

29 August – 24 October 2008

Eight-week call for final comments. No objections received.

20 November 2008

Endorsed by APNIC Executive Council (EC)

4 February 2009

Forward by the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Address Council (AC) to ICANN Board of Directors

6 March 2009

Ratified by ICANN Board of Directors