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ARIN 36 Day 2 Daily Recap

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

Today marked the last day of the ARIN 36 Public Policy and Members Meeting in Montreal, Canada. A big shout out to those of you who participated both in person and online. The level of dialogue was high and your insightful commentary was a valuable contribution within the ARIN policy development process.

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Here’s another quick recap of what went down:

This morning we jumped right into policy discussions. The 3 drafts covered today included:

After we wrapped up the public policy portion of the meeting, we moved right into the Members Meeting in the afternoon. We heard from the Number Resource Organization (NRO) and ARIN Registration Services and Engineering departments. We heard an Advisory Council report, a financial report, and lastly, a Board of Trustees report. As always, the day closed with an open microphone session where community members contributed their final thoughts.

Within the next 7 business days, a full meeting report of everything that happened will be posted on our ARIN 36 page. In the meantime, feel free to refer to the slide decks already available for you to download:

Your many great tweets have been a blast to follow this week. The two winners of our $100 ThinkGeek gift certificates for using the #ARIN36 or #get6 hashtag on Twitter are @5683Monkey and @KarlBrumund. Congrats!

With the wrap up of ARIN 36, we are already looking forward to our next policy discussion forums including:

Save the dates! Thanks for an excellent and enjoyable ARIN 36.


ARIN 36 Day 1 Daily Recap

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

From la belle ville Montréal, Québec, ARIN 36 Public Policy and Members Day 1 kicked off with participants from around the world.  Lots of engaging conversations flowed throughout the day and we are looking forward to more to follow tomorrow.  If you weren’t able to join us onsite or online for today’s activities, here’s a quick recap of what happened:

ARIN 36 Daily RecapThe morning began with a first timers’ orientation for the 60+ newcomers to an ARIN meeting, where staff welcomed and encouraged them to participate in the policy process. During the general session, the Advisory Council Chair presented on-docket proposals, which for today included the following 8 policies:

Recommended Draft Policies

Draft Policies

In addition to policy discussions, we also heard a report on IPv6 activities from the most recent Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting and an update on the IANA stewardship transition process.  Through a policy implementation report, the community received staff feedback on areas where policy could be clearer based on experiences.  We also heard about IPv4 depletion (it happened!), and ARIN fees and services, and NRO activities.

After lunch, candidates for Board of Trustees, Advisory Council, and NRO NC made speeches after which the election polls opened for voting. And finally, the day concluded with an open microphone session that allowed attendees to voice any last questions, concerns, or interesting tidbits on their minds.  If you would like to go back to something you heard today, presentation slides are already available and in the next few days the meeting webcast archives, transcripts, and summary notes will be posted as well.

If you’re on social media, make sure to use the #ARIN36 hashtag on your favorite platform to help spread the word. For those of you on Twitter, you have a chance to win a $100 ThinkGeek gift certificate for tweeting with an original tweet including either #ARIN36 or #get6. Winners will be selected tomorrow afternoon after the meeting wraps up.  Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been hearing so far:


Please come back tomorrow morning for more great Public Policy Meeting sessions starting at 9 AM ET sharp followed by the ARIN Members Meeting scheduled through early afternoon.  I’ll post another daily recap again at the end of the day as well. Until then, au revoir.


Meet the ARIN 36 Fellows

By Melissa Goodwin, Meeting Planner, ARIN

Only a few days are left until we head to Montreal for ARIN 36 Public Policy and Members Meeting. We’re getting excited and hope you are too!

ARIN 36 Fellows

While you are at ARIN 36 make sure you take the time to introduce yourself to our nine fellows:


Jose de la Cruz SquareJose R. de la Cruz

Internet Society, Puerto Rico Chapter, CARIBBEAN

Please briefly introduce yourself:

My name is José R. de la Cruz and I am a Computer Engineer. I currently work as a part-time professor at two universities in Puerto Rico.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?

Since one of the courses I regularly teach is Computer Networks, the main reason for attending an ARIN meeting is to keep up to date on the policies that affect the Internet, such as IP number assignments.

What interests you about Montreal?

A visit to St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and the Notre-Dame Basilica.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

A breakfast feast would include freshly made waffles with lots of butter and maple syrup, topped with chunks of strawberries and melon.


Jason Hynds SquareJason Hynds


Please briefly introduce yourself:

I’m an island guy who wastes the beauty of the weather and environment by spending too much time on the computer and walking around with one, or more. I’m active in systems and network administration and accidentally an ICT (Information & Communications Technology) community organiser.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

ARIN is a constant collaborator in the meetings of Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) to which I’m affiliated.  This is how I found out about ARIN. My desire to attend the meeting – as well as NANOG, is to increase my knowledge and functioning in the Internet Governance (IG) space. I hope to inform and bring more Barbadian and Caribbean voices into the policy deliberations and take home lessons for our IG and NOG events.

What interests you about Montreal?

I’ll do a walking tour, not sure if guided or if I’ll risk my poor sense of direction and map reading. Any other outside of meeting adventures may depend appropriate sounding suggestions from others or more pre-trip reading. I’m willing to hold a multi-stakeholder consultation on this one.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

Tough choosing 1 dish with a rationale. I’m excited by bacon and eggs (omelette or scrambled), couple slices of toast, even better if there is some fried plantain next to it. WHY: It was a favourite since childhood. Both bacon and plantain have a great tastes and aromas to me! Eggs can be great depending on how you flavour them, thus allowing exciting experimentation if I’m cooking or even selecting the add-ins or applying condiments.


Roosevelt Lewars SquareRoosevelt L. Lewars

University College of the Caribbean (UCC), CARIBBEAN 

Please briefly introduce yourself:

I am Roosevelt L. Lewars, programme coordinator and instructor at the University College of the Caribbean. I am an ardent, intrinsically motivated and passionate critical thinker who believes in self-empowerment and engaging in life-long learning.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

The internet is a magnificent phenomenon. And I think that it is a great opportunity for anyone to be able to interact with leaders and those integral in the redesign, development and re-engineering of internet protocols.

What interests you about Montreal?

The number one fun thing I hope to do while in Montreal is to engage fellow colleagues of several different cultures while exploring Canada and its beauty.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

My favorite breakfast food has to be saltfish and ackee with bacon with fried dumpling; the taste is mouth-watering.


Daryl Wade SquareDaryl E Wade


Please briefly introduce yourself:

Good day.  My name is Daryl Wade, and I am the SVP of IT & Network Operations of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (The first FTTx network in the US Virgin Islands).

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

I want to come to an ARIN meeting in order to gain a more in-depth perspective of the organization, and ultimately help to grow and improve the world’s networks operations.

What interests you about Montreal?

I hope to be inspired by the people I meet and places I visit while in Montreal.  This may include meeting like-minded individuals attending the event and expanding my knowledge about the history of the city.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

My favorite breakfast food is probably a breakfast burrito because it has all of the great elements of a good morning meal (eggs, cheese, green peppers, etc.), in a convenient wrap.  It’s pretty hard to mess that up!


Glenn McKnight SquareGlenn McKnight  

Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities, CANADA

Please briefly introduce yourself:

Glenn McKnight is a Director with the Internet Society Canada Chapter, incoming Chair of NARALO, (North America At Large Organization) a multistakeholder group with ICANN.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

To learn more about the  ARIN processes and procedures as a RIR and how it manages it’s process for public consultation.

What interests you about Montreal?

To have Smoked Meat at a local Jewish Deli – Swartz’s.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

Ackee and Saltcod. My Jamaican wife’s national food dish.


Gary Molenkamp SquareGary Molenkamp

Sharcnet – University of Western Ontario, CANADA

Please briefly introduce yourself:

I am a Systems and Network administrator specializing in high performance research computing.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

I am interested in how the community works together to consolidate varying interests into the set of ARIN policies and how those policies evolve over time.   I am also interested in how ARIN is working to encourage IPv6 adoption and ARIN’s role in post-exhaustion, IPv4 markets.

What interests you about Montreal?

Whenever I am in Montreal I try to visit Reuben’s on Saint Catherine Street, for a smoked meat sandwich.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

Smoked salmon on a bagel.  It always reminds me of cruising in the Caribbean. 


Marvin Arnold SquareMarvin Arnold

Unplugged, USA 

Please briefly introduce yourself:

Marcus Aurelius almost had it right, what we code in life echoes in eternity. I’m passionate about finding ways to make our efforts as technologists most impactful for future generations. 

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

Decentralization will be a critical component in the next wave of technologies and I’m interested in exploring how the role of institutions like ARIN will evolve to meet that future.

What interests you about Montreal?

A chance to practice my French — surtout avec les femmes canadiennes.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

Breakfast burritos are the best of all worlds.


Mike Hammett SquareMike Hammett

Midwest – IX, USA

Please briefly introduce yourself:

I started an ISP 11 years ago that I still run and about a year ago a couple friends and I decided to start an IX.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

Due to starting the IX, I decided to increase my people networking so I can help others increase their data networking.

What interests you about Montreal?

Other than networking with colleagues, we’ll see what the city brings!

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

Kind of cliché, but bacon. Then again, mine comes from the family farm and can get cut exactly how I want it.


Leah Symekher SquareLeah Symekher

Internet Society, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, USA 

Please briefly introduce yourself:

My animal sign is a Sheep, Blood Type O and a Pisces zodiac sign, not sure what all that means but I do know that I am fun loving with a healthy balance of seriousness.

Why do you want to come to an ARIN Meeting?  

About 10 years of my professional experience has been working in the Internet Network infrastructure and DNS space which provided me with the opportunity to understand the vital role that ARIN and other RIRs play to keep the Internet operational.  This meeting will introduce me to the inner workings of ARIN and provide a framework for a closer relationship with the San Francisco Bay Area Internet Society Chapter members and community. 

What interests you about Montreal?

This will be my first visit to Montreal so I will be a typical tourist… ‘sight seeing’ to the must see historical places, some good eating and meeting the locals.

What is your favorite breakfast food and why? 

Bacon, scrambled eggs, wheat toast, a slice of fruit and espresso coffee…why…because at that moment the world seems a happy place and I can carry this positive feeling throughout the day :-)!!


Congratulations to our ARIN 36 fellows! If you’ll be at the meeting, make sure to introduce yourself to Jose, Jason, Roosevelt, Daryl, Glenn, Gary, Marvin, Mike, and Leah; and make them feel welcome. Since the ARIN Fellowship Program began, more than 50 people have had the opportunity to participate in a Public Policy and Members Meeting, and believe it or not, we’re already accepting applications for ARIN 37 in Jamaica.


So Many Tweets, So Little IPv4

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

Since we announced that ARIN has zero IPv4 addresses remaining in inventory, we’ve heard a lot of social chatter around this historic event for the Internet.  In fact, there have been thousands of tweets over the past few days – everything from the humorous to the serious. We couldn’t possibly share them all, but here are a few that made us crack a smile:

In addition to the overwhelming number of tweets we’ve seen from you, we’ve also seen some great articles in the press covering the topic of IPv4 depletion.  Take a look at this storify for a roundup of a few stories.  If you have an awesome 140-character quip or article to share with us, feel free to hit us up on Twitter @TeamARIN.


ARIN Reaches IPv4 Depletion

By Richard Jimmerson, Chief Information Officer, ARIN

As indicated in the announcement issued today, ARIN’s IPv4 free pool has depleted. This is an important milestone for the Internet as we now usher in the age of IPv6.

ARIN IPv4 Address Pool Empty

As previously described in this blog series, ARIN has been placing /24s on hold for organizations over the past few months. This occurred when an organization qualified for a larger block size, but was given the option to accept our only available block size (/24) available at the time. They were given 30 days to decide if they would take the smaller block, or if they preferred to join the waiting list for unmet requests. In the case they chose not to accept the temporarily held /24, that block would go back into the inventory.

Even though we do not currently have an organization on the waiting list for unmet requests that will accept a block as small as a /24, we expect that to change after today’s depletion event. In the coming days we expect there will be organizations on the waiting list that will accept a /24.

Any /24s ARIN receives back into the inventory in the coming months as a result of an organization not accepting a temporarily held /24 would then be made available to organizations on the waiting list for unmet requests. Because of this activity, you will continue to see IPv4 address space issued to organizations by ARIN over the coming month even though we have reached depletion.

You will also see IPv4 address space issued to organizations on the waiting list over the next several months as ARIN receives small blocks of IPv4 address space resulting from a return or revocation of resources. We may also receive a distribution from the IANA twice a year in March or September, but a distribution is not guaranteed. ARIN’s most recent distribution from the IANA was received on 1 September 2015. This distribution included a /15 and two /16s that ARIN used to satisfy requests on the waiting list.

Aside from the expected IPv4 activity described above, ARIN will also continue issuing IPv4 addresses specifically reserved for the support of IPv6 transitions and Critical Internet Infrastructure, including Exchange Points. More information about those special use policies are described on the ARIN website. All other IPv4 registrations you see from ARIN will be the result of IPv4 transfers from this point forward. ARIN will continue satisfying IPv6 requests, as normal.

ARIN has reached depletion of the general IPv4 free pool today, 24 September 2015. We’ve been talking about the inevitability of IPv4 depletion for many years and have been educating the community about the need to get IPv6 resources and prepare public facing services for the IPv6 Internet, and now is the time to make sure you are taking steps toward preparing for IPv6 as soon as possible.


Embracing the Shift in the Internet’s Architecture

True leadership means putting your money where your mouth is.  Jeff Urbanchuk explains how Stanton Communications encourages all PR professionals to adopt IPv6, but not before making their own website ready for the new Internet Protocol. 

Guest blog post by Jeff Urbanchuk

Earlier this month, PRNews featured an editorial penned by our CEO, Peter Stanton, on the need for PR professionals to take a critical look at their network infrastructure in relation to IPv6. The editorial was written with IPv4 depletion in mind, but also served to give our peers in the PR industry a window into our recent experience transitioning the firm’s website to a native IPv6 platform.

As communicators, PR professionals take pride in being early adopters of new technologies. Our clients expect that their messages will get to the right audiences in the most resonant way. In today’s fast-paced marketplace of ideas, that usually means communicating over the Internet through blogs, social media and digital advertising. While the results of these efforts are generally measured in the final outcome of likes, conversions and page clicks, the methods by which those messages are transmitted are of equal importance. Real leadership in today’s crowded media market requires a deeper dive into understanding not only the way people communicate online, but how that communication happens on a substantive and technical level.

The move towards IPv6 is critically important for the public relations community to understand and embrace. While ISPs and device manufacturers have been baking IPv6-compatibility into their products for years, PR firms and many digital specialists have failed to pay attention. Failure to recognize the shift in the Internet’s architecture opens a dangerous blind spot that could threaten to expose clients – and the firms themselves – to an otherwise preventable competitive disadvantage.

As strategic counselors, PR professionals have a responsibility to point this fact out and offer recommendations to eliminate this blind spot. One of the best ways to do that is for agencies to undertake their own internal website review to get their sites IPv6 compatible. That’s just what Stanton Communications did.

Admittedly, it wasn’t an easy process. We are a small firm with a small IT department so it took time to learn the ins and outs of how we could make our website available over IPv6. Through our experience we worked with ARIN to develop an infographic that lists the step-by-step approach you can take to make your website ready for IPv6.

IPv6 Step by Step

In the end we learned a truly important lesson. One cannot truly appreciate, or alone promote, a technology without first personally testing and adopting that technology in real world conditions. It’s one thing to declare leadership in technology through mastery of applications and programs. It is quite another to take the step to alter your firm’s infrastructure to stay current with the rapidly evolving world of technology.

Now we are prepared, tested and ready to assist ARIN in communicating the importance of IPv6. As members of the technical community who are instrumental in keeping the Internet running, we hope you will join us in the effort.


Jeff Urbanchuk Jeff Urbanchuk is an Account Manager at Stanton Communications where he oversees strategic communications campaigns for public policy and technology clients. Jeff is a member of the Stanton Communications team supporting ARIN in its ongoing effort to popularize IPv6 through its Get6 campaign. www.stantoncomm.com





Comment on the IANA Stewardship Transition Proposal

By Michael Abejuela, Associate General Counsel, ARIN

After months of discussions and collaborative efforts in the Names, Numbers, and Protocol Parameters communities, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) issued a call for comments on the first draft of its combined proposal to transition the stewardship of the IANA functions from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to the global multistakeholder community.

Historically managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the IANA functions are part of Internet infrastructure and include responsibility for allocating and maintaining the unique codes and numbering systems used in Internet technical standards. As a member of the Consolidated RIR IANA Stewardship Proposal (CRISP) Team, I have seen firsthand the value of comments from the community and the effect those comments have on the process. Time is running out to comment on the proposal, and I encourage anyone interested in doing so to make your voice heard.

The proposal combines the three proposals submitted to the ICG from each of the three communities served by the IANA. For reference those submissions are:

Protocol Parameters (IETF community)

IANAPLAN Working Group Proposal – submitted 6 Jan 2015

Numbers (RIR community)

CRISP Team Proposal – submitted 15 Jan 2015

Names (DNS community)

Cross Community Working Group (CWG) Proposal – submitted 11 June 2015

In the words of ICANN, the combined proposal summary is as follows:

The domain names community proposed to form a new, separate legal entity, Post-Transition IANA (PTI), as an affiliate (subsidiary) of ICANN that would become the IANA functions operator in contract with ICANN. The legal jurisdiction in which ICANN resides is to remain unchanged. The proposal includes the creation of a Customer Standing Committee (CSC) responsible for monitoring the operator’s performance according to the contractual requirements and service level expectations. The proposal establishes a multistakeholder IANA Function Review process (IFR) to conduct reviews of PTI.

The numbers community proposed that ICANN continue to serve as the IANA Functions Operator and perform those services under a contract with the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). The numbers community proposed a contractual Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the Regional Internet Registries and the IANA Numbering Services Operator; and a Review Committee (RC) comprising community representatives from each region, to advise the RIRs on the IANA functions operator’s performance and adherence to identified service levels.

For the protocol parameters, ICANN currently serves as the IANA registries operator. The IETF community expressed satisfaction with the current arrangements and proposed that the IANA protocol parameters registry updates continue to function day-to-day, as they have been doing for the last decade or more. The protocol parameters community proposed to continue to rely on the system of agreements, policies, and oversight mechanisms created by the IETF, ICANN, and IAB for the provision of the protocols parameters-related IANA functions.

Comment Now!

The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) proposal is available for review and public comment. The CRISP Team issued a response which you can review. The NRO also published the video below to help explain the importance of this proposal to the numbers community.


It is important that you take the time to contribute your thoughts on the proposed transition document and explain to other stakeholders your reasoning. Your comments can be submitted via the ICG’s online form or by emailing public-comments@ianacg.org until Tuesday, 8 September 2015.


IPv4 Depletion Update

By Richard Jimmerson, Chief Information Officer, ARIN

IPv4 Depletion ARIN

Earlier this week ARIN and the other RIRs received a distribution of IPv4 address space from the IANA in accordance with their Global Policy for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms. ARIN was issued a total of a /14 worth of IPv4 address space composed of one /15 block and two /16 blocks. In less than 24 hours after receiving this IPv4 address space from the IANA, ARIN used it to satisfy requests on the Waiting List for Unmet Requests. You can find more information about our actions in an announcement that was made on the same day of that fulfillment activity.

ARIN expects to receive their next distribution from the IANA in March of 2016 in the amount of approximately a /15. This IPv4 address space will be used to satisfy requests that still remain on the Waiting List for Unmet Requests.

For those of you paying close attention to the depletion of the ARIN IPv4 free pool, you may have noticed what appears to be a slow down in distribution of the final remaining /24s. In the last two months we issued (or placed on hold for qualifying organizations pending payment and agreement) more than 400 individual /24s. Many of these 400+ organizations elected to receive the /24 offered to them as ARIN’s largest remaining prefix size instead of being placed on the Waiting List for Unmet Requests. Others have elected to be placed on the waiting list for a larger block, asked for their ticket to be closed with no further action, or simply abandoned their request ticket, allowing the 30-day temporary hold period for the held /24 to expire.

In the cases described above where the organization did not elect to accept the /24 held for them, ARIN makes those /24s available in the inventory again. Our first action with a newly available /24, or any other sized block, is to apply it to the waiting list to determine if it will satisfy any waiting list tickets. Since no organization is currently on the waiting list for the size of a /24, it goes back into the inventory and then gets placed on hold for a newly qualified organization that is next in line for a response in the IPv4 request queue. Because of this “recycling” that is going on with the /24s previously in hold status, it has slowed down the depletion of the inventory count on our website for the final remaining /24s.

Even so, we expect the full depletion of these final remaining /24s in the coming weeks. ARIN will make a formal announcement and issue a press release when this happens.


Are Service Providers Ready for IPv6?

President and CEO of Incognito, Stephane Bourque, is looking find out what strategies communication service providers are using to transition to IPv6 and needs your help to answer a few questions about your IPv6-readiness.  

Guest blog post by Stephane Bourque, President and CEO of Incognito Software Systems

Worldwide, the transition to IPv6 has begun — but just how ready are communication service providers for this change?

ARIN is expected to join regional Internet registries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific in exhausting public IPv4 addresses soon. Globally, this means that the number of remaining public IPv4 pools available to service providers to hand out to customers is running out, and most providers will need to consider strategies for IPv6 to enable future growth.

What are these strategies? That’s what we want to find out. For the second year, Incognito is running a global survey of communication service providers to find out IPv6 plans and strategies. The 5-10 minute survey is open to telecommunications, cable, mobile, satellite, and converged service providers of all sizes.  All participants will receive a copy of the final report compiled from survey results.

Last year’s report found that most service providers are slowly moving towards IPv6. At that stage, although more than three quarters of respondents had started preparing for IPv6, only 14% had deployed IPv6 on their networks and 4% had begun offering IPv6 addresses to end users.

Infographic 2014 Incognito Survey

The transition to IPv6 is essential for all businesses. At Incognito, we have embraced IPv6 on our internal networks and our website to prepare for an IPv6 future. When we made our website IPv6 ready in 2011, only a fraction of websites could be reached over IPv6, but we knew content was going to be a significant driver in the transition. So we enabled IPv6-support at the World IPv6 Launch Day in 2011. Our solutions already supported IPv6, so we knew we had to practice what we preach. It hasn’t been a quick process, but we look forward to being part of an IPv6 world.

Whether you are IPv6 ready or not, all communication service providers are invited to share your experiences and plans in the IPv6 Readiness in the Communication Service Provider Industry survey.


sbourqueStephane Bourque is the technological inspiration behind Incognito’s provisioning solutions. As CEO, Stephane has championed the development of high performance, multi-platform solutions that help service providers increase margins and reduce network upkeep.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, and educated at Concordia University, Stephane applied his computer engineering background at Banyan Systems to design enterprise network management systems for Fortune 1000 companies like Bell Canada.




Help ARIN Choose the Next Meeting Location

By Melissa Goodwin, Meeting Planner, ARIN

In your everyday life, you pick the music you want to listen to, choose which specialty coffee you want to drink, but what you may not realize, is that you can also help determine ARIN’s future meeting locations.

Recently, while sitting at my desk looking for a network connectivity sponsor for ARIN 39 (2-5 April 2017), I started receiving gentle nudges from two potential host cities asking us to make a decision. And as much as I would like to, I can’t do it without a little help from you. I thought it might be a good idea to tell you a little bit about how we determine the locations for the biannual Public Policy and Members Meetings, and maybe you and your organization will be inspired to get involved. So here it goes…

Sponsor an ARIN Meeting

Long before a sponsor logo is stamped on a meeting giveaway – there is a team who puts in long hours establishing which cities to solicit offers from based on past history and geographical service area (no, we don’t just throw darts at a map), poring over proposals, reviewing our requirements against hotel offers, and making sure that all of the good stuff you want to see and do in a particular city can be accommodated. Once we have identified a short list of hotels that can fulfill our meeting requirements, we work with our operations folks to make sure the hotel(s) understand and can handle our wireless network requirements – one of which is IPv6 capability. Then, we reach out to our community to secure a wireless network sponsor.

In a nutshell – Without a network sponsor, we can’t contract with a venue. So we need your help to decide which city and hotel to move forward with (if you are already in a particular venue – it’s a bonus). Sponsoring an ARIN meeting is truly your chance to “see and be seen” – have your colleagues using your network, see your logo on the mobile app and on conference signage, deliver a welcome address, etc.

If you feel like you or your company would like to be a wireless network sponsor, check out our ARIN Sponsorship Opportunities page for additional information.  At the moment we are looking for potential network sponsors in New Orleans or Nashville. In the future it could be in your backyard.

And if you aren’t sure that sponsoring is your thing and want more details or just want to say “hi”—stop by and see me in Montreal, Quebec at ARIN 36. Maybe we can get coffee – and I’ll let you choose your own beverage.



Top 6 Reddit AMA Questions with ARIN CEO

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

With opening his computer, removing his watch, and stretching his fingers, ARIN’s President and CEO John Curran prepared to type. And type he did! Last Wednesday, John hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session to raise awareness of the need for IPv6 deployment as we rapidly approach IPv4 address runout. He answered questions on topics ranging from the effects of IPv4 depletion on various Internet stakeholders, to IPv6 migration tools, and let’s not forget coffee! In case you missed the AMA, here are the top six questions (as voted on by those who participated) and his speedily typed answers –

Reddit AMA with John Curran

Q: Would you rather fight an IPv4-quantity of horse-sized ducks or an IPv6-quantity of duck-size horses?

A: An IPv6 quantity of anything is lethal… gimme the 4.b billion horde of huge ducks, and perhaps something sharp to wield!

Q: IPv6 is clearly the direction we want to be heading, but the allocation and assignment policies people are deploying will probably mean we’ll end up with a HUGE table size which will even further constrain resources in ASIC driven routers. What is ARIN (and the other RIRs) doing to try and prevent needless deaggregation of prefixes into the DFZ?

A: It’s a real problem – in the short term, we need to accommodate both the IPv4 and IPv6 tables in parallel, and things are going to get tight. I’m not actually worried about the IPv6 routing table (even though each entry can be larger in size) because the number of issued IPv6 blocks is still likely to be quite small compared to the decades of IPv4 address issuance.

However, IPv4 is going to be a big problem in the interim, as parties start valuing unique public addresses and don’t really care about the minimize size… i.e. if you can acquire a /28 and have a unique presence on the Internet, why pay more to get a /24? In the end, it’s going to be up to the ISPs to decide what is the minimum size “customer Bring-Your-Own-Address (BYOA)” that they’re willing to route…

Q: What is your favorite drink, and why is it coffee?

A: In the morning, coffee. Lot’s of coffee – I prefer fresh latte or expresso, but will drink nearly anything caffeinated at 5 AM. In the middle of the day, more coffee. At night, more coffee, and an occasional gin and tonic or expresso martini (see a pattern here?)

Q: Is there any sort of plan for reclaiming the unused portions of the /8s and such that big companies bought up in the beginning?

A: We’ve actually been reclaiming unused IPv4 space for a while, with some very good results. We would have run out years sooner, if it were not for organizations such as BBN, the US DoD, Stanford, Interop, and others who returned unneeded address space as a result of these efforts. You can read more about that here – https://www.icann.org/news/blog/recovering-ipv4-address-space

Two important things to keep in mind – 1) we were issuing IPv4 space in 2010 and more than 10 /8’s per year, so recovering another handful doesn’t change IPv4’s outlook in the least, 2) this is further shown by IPv4’s 4.3 billion total address space compared with 7+ billion people on the planet… we literally can’t provide for one always-on device for everyone here via IPv4 (let alone their home, work, cloud, etc. demands)

Q: What do you see happening once the “official” source of IPv4 addresses run dry? I’ve heard speculation about black markets and prices for IPv4 addresses skyrocketing etc, what’s your take? As for IPv6, are there currently any big hurdles standing in the way of rapid, worldwide adoption? Any technical challenges? Or perhaps security related?

A: While black market transfers are possible, the reality is that we already have today an IP transfer market which is working well, and completely legitimate. Folks that wish to transfer addresses can do so, both within the ARIN region, and to/from other regions in accordance with policy. Given that, there’s not a lot of reasons to try and work around the legitimate transfer process, unless you are trying to bypass the policies, and the risk one takes is that nearly anyone can sell repeatedly to multiple buyers if they’re not going to update the registry… not a reasonable risk that most businesses will take.

Q: As someone who was not even aware that we are running out of IPv4 addresses how will this affect me and what will be different with IPv6 compared to IPv4?

A: I do hope you are not an Internet Service Provider and just hearing about this now. If that’s the case, my advice is to change professions quickly. 😉 Otherwise, if you’re just a typical organization, it’s good to know that many of the folks accessing your website today are coming over mobile devices that actually connected to the Internet via a slightly different protocol (i.e. IPv6) Your website is likely connected only via IPv4. This should remedied as it will provide for more direct connections with better performance, and really is not much work. Talk to your IT department (or if you are the IT department, then go online to teamarin.net/get6 and then talk to your hosting company or ISP).

Thanks to all of you Redditors who submitted questions. To view the entire exchange, check out the whole conversation over on the IAmA subreddit. There were lots of interested questions and answers you won’t want to miss. Best of all? We can sigh a breath of relief that we dodged that lethal IPv6-quantity of duck-size horses.


Tag This: IPv4 Runout

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

With less than 45K IPv4 addresses remaining in the ARIN inventory, IPv4 depletion here at ARIN is only weeks away.  We thought it’d be fun to get your ideas about the tag line we should use when ARIN hits IPv4 runout.  Maybe we’ll even take you up on a few of these.  Here’s what you came up with so far:


Thanks for sharing your ideas! If you want to add to this growing list, leave your ideas in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.


Engaging the Caribbean ICT Community

By Jennifer Bly, Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator, ARIN

Last week I had the opportunity to connect with attendees at the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) 31st Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in Miami, FL. I found the Caribbean ICT community to be most welcoming and interested in bettering the Internet in their local communities to promote economic and social development. ARIN has been pleased to take part in this CANTO event for the many years as we encourage the Caribbean Internet community to get involved in everything from requesting number resources to public policy discussions.

CANTO 2015 ARIN & LACNIC booth

ARIN shared a booth in the exhibit hall with our friends from LACNIC, the other RIR that also serves the Caribbean region. I joined both Cathy Handley, ARIN’s Executive Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy and Richard Jimmerson, ARIN’s Chief Information Officer to speak with many stakeholders and answer questions about our IPv4 waiting list, getting an ASN, steps needed to prepare for IPv6 and more. Jointly with LACNIC we also hosted a couple of Ministerial events to drive home the importance of governmental participation in the Internet governance process and the need for all levels of support for IPv6 adoption.

I was delighted by how appreciative many were that ARIN is making a continued effort to engage and support the Caribbean. And it was great to be able to explain in-person the many ways they could become engaged in the ARIN community. For example, ARIN offers a fellowship program to send up to five people per region to each Public Policy and Members Meeting held in the spring and fall of each year. In addition to fellowships, we also offer full remote participation options in case attending in person is not possible. This fall we will be headed to Montreal in Canada in the spring of 2016 we will take to Montego Bay in Jamaica. Also, we hosted our most recent Caribbean ARIN on the Road educational event in Dominica in June of this year and are always open to suggestions on where to go next.

CANTO Cathy Speaking

CANTO Richard Speaking

On Wednesday afternoon, representatives from ARIN, LACNIC, ICANN, and the Internet Society took part in a joint session to discuss the ever-changing ICT ecosystem. The panel covered topics like the impending IPv4 depletion in our region, the example of the RIRs as successful multistakeholder model, IP address transfers, IPv6, the status of the IANA stewardship transition, and more.

Along with CANTO, here at ARIN we share the common interest of Internet growth and stability in the Caribbean. We depend on the participation of all of our members to make sure we’re able to meet the needs of our entire region. No matter where you reside, if you are looking to get more involved in ARIN here are a few places you can start:

Get the latest news from ARIN

Subscribe to arin-announce

Follow and contribute to policy discussions

Subscribe to ARIN’s public policy mailing list (ppml)

Request resources from ARIN

Request IPv4, IPv6, or ASNs

Come to an ARIN event

ARIN biannual meetings and one-day ARIN on the Road events provide a chance to network with colleagues and discuss important matters.

Get resources on IPv6

IPv6 Wiki




IPv6 at the Dutch ccTLD registry SIDN

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Senior Research Engineer at SIDN, Marco Davids, explains how Dutch ccTLD registry SIDN committed to IPv6 deployment.

Guest blog post by Marco Davids

.nl, the IPv6-enabled registry

SIDN is the registry for the Dutch country-code top-level domain. In terms of domain names per capita, we are one of the largest TLDs in the world. And even in absolute numbers, we are still among the five largest country-code TLDs. I guess that makes us kind of special. We may be a small country, but, as in so many countries, the Internet is immensely popular and has been for quite some time. In that regard, we are far from exceptional.

SIDN photoAt SIDN, we firmly believe in IPv6 as a long-term solution for the exponential growth of the Internet and the problems that arise from that. In fact, with IPv4 space running out, and prices on the secondary market rising, the need for a new addressing scheme on the internet is perhaps more acute than ever.

We are pleased to see that many organisations recognise the need for change and are acting accordingly. On the other hand, surprisingly, a considerable number of organisations haven’t even bothered to look into IPv6 at all. That is a concern. Large ISPs in the Netherlands (with a few exceptions) are moving, but they tend to take things slowly. This is one of the reasons why we are keen to promote awareness and adoption of IPv6. It goes without saying that we practise what we preach: IPv6 has been enabled on our own services for quite some time. More on that later.

The Dutch ‘comply-or-explain’ policy

The Dutch government is very much aware of the urgency of IPv6. In the Netherlands, the government maintains a so-called ‘comply-or-explain’ list, containing various Internet standards, including IPv6. Standards on the list should be used by government organisations and, for example, be part of the requirements in a procurement process. As I said, IPv6 has been on the list for quite some time, and an increasing number of government services are now reachable via IPv6. A broadly similar European list also exists, and naturally IPv6 is on that list as well.

Although we are not required to, because we are not a government agency, SIDN has decided to adhere to the comply-or-explain list. The authoritative name servers for the .nl domain have been fully IPv6-compliant for quite a number of years, but we felt we needed to go a few steps further and enable all of our services on IPv6. Naturally, we ran into a few issues. The vendor of our email appliances, for example, promised IPv6 support ‘soon’. But it turned out they needed ‘a little more time’. Quite frustrating, but also a lesson learned: be firm and serious with your vendor and make clear agreements beforehand about mutual expectations. There are still vendors out there, trying to make their customers believe that ‘no one really needs IPv6’ or claiming that IPv6 support ‘is in the next version of the firmware, scheduled for release any time soon’. My advice: show them the door.

Sometimes being pragmatic is the solution. We came to the conclusion that modifying the entire back-end infrastructure of our registry system for IPv6 was not feasible in the short term. As an interim solution, we are using load balancers to disclose our registry system via IPv6 on the Internet side, while it is still running on (RFC1918) IPv4 space internally. We also made our Whois service accessible via IPv6 in a similar fashion. So, where there’s a will, there’s often a way.


The Dutch Internet Standards Platform is a private-public initiative by several organisations with the goal of promoting new standards, including IPv6. On a simple website, https://internet.nl/, anyone can easily check the quality of their connection, or a domain name for that matter, in relation to these new standards. The test is strict; some people say it’s too strict. But if you manage to achieve a 100% score, you can at least be sure that your setup is very future proof. So try it out.

Summarising, I would say that IPv6 is here and now. It’s a mature standard that is being deployed at a rapid pace. The amount of IPv6 traffic is increasing by 100% a year.  And in the interest of an ever expanding internet, everyone should join in.


Marco DavidsMarco Davids is a Senior Technical Policy Advisor and Senior Research Engineer at SIDN, the ccTLD for the Netherlands (.nl). He has been with SIDN since 2007 and a member of the SIDN Labs R&D-team. In this capacity he is involved in various projects, primarily with a focus on the DNS. Marco is also an active participant in the RIPE and IETF communities and has contributed to several RFCs and draft documents.




Waiting List for Unmet IPv4 Requests

By Richard Jimmerson, Chief Information Officer, ARIN

As described in an announcement on 1 July 2015, ARIN has activated the Unmet Requests Policy. Organizations are currently electing to accept block sizes smaller than those for which they qualified or are electing to be placed on the Waiting List for Unmet Requests. So far, 21 organizations have elected to be placed on the waiting list and ARIN expects there to be over 100 soon.

ARIN Waiting List Activated No Reason to Wait for IPv6

At the time of this post, ARIN holds only /24 blocks in the ARIN IPv4 free pool inventory. We expect the ARIN IPv4 free pool inventory to deplete in full sometime around the late August timeframe. Options for obtaining IPv4 address space other than through the ARIN IPv4 free pool, including transfers, are described on our IPv4 inventory page.

Starting in late August, we will publish the Waiting List for Unmet Requests on the ARIN public website. The information will be displayed on a dedicated page for the waiting list and will include the full waiting list order based on date/timestamp placement, qualified block sizes, and minimum acceptable block sizes. We will also include summary totals for all information displayed. ARIN is unable to publicly disclose the names of the organizations on the waiting list, so that information will not be included.

I want to note that the community will continue to see IPv4 blocks larger than what remains in the inventory issued from ARIN over the next 60 days. The reason for this is that when an organization is approved for IPv4 address space, they are granted an approval that is valid for 60 days. At the time of approval, the approved block size is placed on a 60-day temporary hold for the organization. Inside this 60-day period, the organization pays any applicable registration fees due and signs a Registration Services Agreement (RSA), if an updated one is not already on file. After this has all been done, the organization is issued the block that was held for them.

If you see a block being issued by ARIN that is larger than what remains in the IPv4 inventory, it is for approvals that were granted up to two months ago.