ARIN Bits: September 2019

By Kim Kelly - Communications Writer, ARIN

We’re gearing up for fall and it promises to be a busy one! In this edition of ARIN Bits, you’ll learn about ARIN 44 in Austin, ARIN Elections, the first ARIN Community Grant recipients, our upcoming outreach events, our latest Internet Governance efforts, and more. If you missed any previous editions of Bits and want to catch up, you can find them on our ARIN Bits archive page.

We want to see YOU at ARIN 44 in Austin!

ARIN 44 is fast approaching! We hope to see you in Austin, Texas from 31 October – 1 November at the JW Marriott Austin, directly following NANOG 77 in the same location. This will be a great opportunity to engage in policy discussions, network with colleagues, learn more about ARIN services and operations, and attend workshops and tutorials.

If you can’t join us in Austin, remote participation is always an option and can be equally rewarding! In an effort to create a truly open community forum, ARIN provides meeting materials, live transcripts, and webcasts so you can be part of the action, wherever you are. Remote attendees will also have access to a live chat as well as voting options to make sure your voice is heard. It’s the next best thing if you can’t be there in person. Be sure to join in for the policy discussions and also for candidate speeches on Thursday afternoon.

Ready to start planning for ARIN 44? Check out these links:

Vote in ARIN Elections beginning 31 October

2019 ARIN Elections will be here before you know it, so make sure you’re prepared to vote and help shape the future of the Internet.

Elections for two seats on the ARIN Board of Trustees, five seats on the ARIN Advisory Council, and one seat on the Number Resource Organization Number Council (NRO NC) will be held online 31 October – 8 November.

Only ARIN Member organizations in good standing 45 days before the election and with a designated Voting Contact on record may vote in Board of Trustees and Advisory Council elections. ARIN member organizations in good standing with designated voting contacts, ARIN 44 attendees, and NANOG 77 attendees may vote in NRO NC elections.

Before you can vote, make sure you’re eligible by 16 September! Organizations can verify their Voting Contact by logging in to their ARIN Online account or by emailing members@arin.net.

When it comes time to vote, eligible Voting Contacts from General Members in Good Standing should log in to ARIN Online and look for the “Vote Now” message on the dashboard. Additionally, all NANOG 77 and ARIN 44 meeting attendees registered for these meetings by 24 October (and who are not ARIN Voting Contacts) will be sent an email on 28 October with a link to vote in the NRO Number Council election.

Happy voting!

Congratulations to the first ARIN Community Grant recipients!

The ARIN Community Grant Program provides financial grants in support of initiatives that improve the overall Internet industry and Internet user environment. In its inaugural year, the ARIN Grant Selection Committee selected four projects to receive funding, and the ARIN Board of Trustees approved the selections.

The 2019 grants were awarded to:

DNS Open-Source Tools Enhancement & Maintenance

  • DNS-OARC
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Grant amount: $7,500

IPv6 Training for Enterprises

  • Industry Network Technology Council
  • Fairfax, VA, USA
  • Grant amount: $20,000

CrypTech Open Source Cryptography Project

  • CrypTech/Stichting NLnet
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Grant amount: $10,000

Global NOG Alliance Admin Tool

  • Global NOG Alliance
  • Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
  • Grant amount: $7,000

More information about each of these projects, including application statistics, is available on our website.

Thank you to everyone who applied for a grant this year. Applications will be accepted for next year’s program beginning in March 2020.

Upcoming Outreach Events in Des Moines, Brooklyn, and Wilmington

ARIN hosts a variety of outreach events to create opportunities for customers and the community to learn more about how they can maximize the value of their ARIN experience. These events are designed to help potential, new, and existing customers understand all of the services that ARIN provides in support of our community.

Registration is now open for three upcoming outreach events!

ARIN on the Road

ARIN on the Road is your chance to get face-time with ARIN and get your questions answered. These traveling, no-cost events provide the latest from ARIN on everything from technical services and tools, to current ARIN policy developments and the status of IPv6 adoption. An onsite help desk will also be available.

Join us at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown on Thursday, 19 September for ARIN on the Road: Des Moines.

ARIN Lunch by the Numbers

These lunches are tailored to ARIN customer organizations that may not have much visibility into the inner workings of ARIN. During lunch, ARIN staff will present an overview of current ARIN activities and services. Afterward, there will be plenty of time for questions and for you to provide us with feedback. An onsite help desk will also be available.

Join us in Brooklyn, New York and Wilmington, Delaware on 1 and 2 October, respectively, for ARIN Lunch by the Numbers: Brooklyn and ARIN Lunch by the Numbers: Wilmington.

ARIN to Delete “Orphaned” Point of Contact and Organization Records

ARIN is moving forward with our plan to delete from the ARIN registry all Organizations (Orgs) and Points of Contact (POCs) that have been “orphaned” for two or more years. This project will fulfill two major obligations: to improve the accuracy and integrity of the registry data and to ensure that we are not retaining any data that is not necessary for ARIN business purposes.

We incorporated many of the suggestions received from the August 2018 community consultation into the implementation plan. Much of the feedback received was already part of our existing criteria, but the following community suggestions have been integrated into the revised plan:

  • Incorporate the deletion of orphaned POCs into the POC validation process.
  • Notify orphaned POCs in advance of their deletion.
  • Archive all deleted POC and Organization data for possible recovery if needed.

Our 30 July announcement contains more details about this project.

NRPM 2019.2 – New Policies Implemented

On 20 June 2019, the Board of Trustees adopted the following Recommended Draft Policies and editorial changes:

Version 2019.2 of the ARIN Number Resource Policy Manual (NRPM) was published on 10 July 2019, and these policies went into effect on that date.

Current policy proposals under discussion include:

Recommended Draft Policies:

Draft Policies:

You can find the status of current policy discussions on our website and subscribe to ARIN-PPML (Public Policy Mailing List) to voice your opinions. And remember, membership is not required to participate!

In July, we added some new features to ARIN Online:

Added functionality to allow inter-regional transfers of Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs) per policy ARIN-2018-1, implemented 7 March 2019. Inter-regional ASN transfers are now included in the Specified Transfers of Internet Number Resources page.

Added search functionality on the Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs) page for Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI). You can now search for ROAs by entering the Origin Autonomous System (AS) or prefix of the ROA. (ACSP 2019.11)

Created two new Point of Contact (POC) types for organizations: Routing POCs and Domain Name System (DNS) POCs. The Routing POC is responsible for routing registry and RPKI certification information for the organization. The DNS POC is responsible for reverse DNS and secure DNS information for the organization. (ACSP 2018.15)

ARIN and Internet Governance

ARIN is a well-respected leader in the Internet community and likewise a thought leader in Internet governance discussion. Looking toward the future of the Internet, ARIN continues to be a valuable resource for the Internet community by participating in Internet governance to:

  • Make sure the interests of the Internet community are represented in key forums
  • Educate governments and international organizations on the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) structure and bottom-up community driven number resource management model
  • Work within various organizations to remove barriers that result in misunderstanding
  • Facilitate opportunities to exchange meaningful insight that will impact Internet number resource distribution and management not only today but in the future as well.

Curious to see what we’ve been up to lately when it comes to Internet Governance? Check out TeamARIN for our latest blogs about what ARIN is currently doing in this space.

Looking for a job in the Washington, DC area? Consider a career at ARIN!

You’re already interested in the goings-on at ARIN (otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this newsletter!), so why not take your involvement one step further and consider joining our team? ARIN is now hiring for three positions at our headquarters in the DC Metro Area!

We are currently seeking a Software Development EngineerFinancial Customer Service Representative, and a Customer Service Resource Analyst for our Registration Services Department. Take a look at the job descriptions and if any position sounds like a good fit for you, send us your resume. We’d love to talk to you!

What’s it like to work at ARIN? For starters, we offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, training, and education. In lieu of stock options (we are a non-profit, membership association), we have a generous 401(k) retirement plan. Eligible employees received a 14% fully-vested employer match in 2013 through 2018. And last but not least, in 2017, ARIN was named a Top Workplace by the Washington Post.

ARIN Welcomes New CFO

We are pleased to announce that Chris Casselman joined the ARIN team as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective 31 July 2019.

Chris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who brings a wide variety of financial experience to his new role at ARIN. He has provided financial and audit leadership to a variety of science and technology companies throughout his career, including most recently serving as CFO for a not-for-profit association.

Please join us in welcoming Chris to ARIN!

Our Featured Policy Requirement:

ARIN Waitlist (NRPM 4.1.8)

After review by the ARIN community, the ARIN Advisory Council, and the ARIN Board of Trustees, some changes to waitlist policy were adopted and implemented. The two main changes were:

  • Only organizations holding a /20 or less of IPv4 address space may apply and be approved.
  • The maximum size aggregate that an organization may qualify for at any one time is a /22.

In other words, only organizations holding direct registrations in aggregate of /20 or less may apply and be approved for placement onto the waitlist. In order to qualify for placement, ARIN staff will need to review the organization’s demonstrated two-year utilization with a limit of /22. Organizations will be able to elect a smaller block size than they qualify for down to a /24.

A Tip from our Registration Services Department:

With the changes made to waitlist policy, the suspension of the waitlist has been repealed and organizations have been receiving IPv4 addresses off the waitlist. Your organization may want to consider applying for placement onto the waiting list as a means to obtain IPv4 addresses to meet your organization’s IPv4 needs. Here are some interesting statistics that might help you determine if the waitlist looks like a reasonable option for your organization:

  • Number of requests on the Waitlist at the time the suspension was enacted -> 247
  • Number of requests on the Waitlist at the time the suspension was repealed -> 340
  • Number of requests added to the Waitlist since suspension was repealed -> 48
  • Number of filled since the Waitlist suspension was repealed -> 287

Visit our website to learn more about the IPv4 Waitlist.

Check out these customer and member statistics (as of 31 August 2019):

  • 38,422 total customer organizations, including 6,157 member organizations
  • 605 8.3 Transfers and 91 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2019
  • 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2019: 27 to APNIC, 42 to RIPE NCC, 11 from APNIC, 11 from RIPE NCC
  • 59.3% of members have an IPv6 block

Blog Spotlight

Recent TeamARIN blogs include information about how ARIN deals with orphaned records, how we use your feedback to shape our services, some new POCs on the block, and more.

Don’t forget to check out some other blogs you may have missed over the past few months!

See you in December!

We’ll see you next quarter as we wrap up 2019.

POST WRITTEN BY:

Kim Kelly

Communications Writer, ARIN