prop-147: Historical Resources Management

Proposal text prop-147-v002
Objective

This proposal suggests that historical IPv4 resources be justified and claimed, or that they be made available to other organizations that require them.

According to the recent EC resolution (22nd February 2021), historical resource holders in the APNIC region would need to become Members or Non-Members by 1st January 2023 in order to receive registration services. Otherwise, historical resource registrations will no longer be published in the APNIC Whois Database, and the resources will be placed in reserved status.

Current status Returned to the author
Authors

Jordi Palet Martinez and Anupam Agrawal

Relevant forum Policy SIG
Previous versions prop-147-v001
Status at other RIRs

In other RIRs legacy resources lose their legacy status when the RSA is signed (upon receiving other resources), so they become under the regular monitoring. In other cases, there is nothing specified by policies.

Secretariat impact assessment

Version 001

APNIC understands that this proposal suggests that historical IPv4 resources be justified and claimed, or that they be made available to other organizations that require them.

APNIC also notes the deletion of Section 4.2.1. Recovery of unused historical resources. As reported to the community at APNIC 50, this may no longer be applicable once the project is completed, possibly by the end of 2022.

Recommendations:

For consistency of language and to align with the current policy document, the reference to “available pool” could be changed to “free pool”. Also the reference to “original resource holder” and “original custodians” could be changed to “custodian/s”.

Given the number of uncontactable resource holders, the 12-month option would be safer for APNIC to implement, as some historical resource holders may not be aware of the changes to the treatment of historical resources until they are placed into reserved status on January 1, 2023.

Clarification:

This proposal only addresses historical resources that have not been claimed by January 1st, 2023. It does not specify what happens to the historical resources that are claimed, but the Member or Non-Member account is not renewed after January 1, 2023. These resources will be considered historical and may remain in reserve status indefinitely.

Version 002

The Secretariat thanks the authors and the community for taking the impact assessment clarifications into consideration. We have no further clarifications.

Proposal history
11 August 2022 Version 1 posted to the Policy SIG mailing list for discussion and community development.
24 August 2022 Version 2 posted to the Policy SIG mailing list for discussion and community development.
15 September 2022 Did not seek consensus at APNIC 54.
19 September 2022 Version 2 returned to the author and the Policy SIG mailing list for further discussion.