ARIN Bits: March 2020

By Erin Pratt

We’re welcoming in longer days and shorter nights as we enter the season of Spring, and we’ve had a productive start to this year. In this edition of ARIN Bits, we share information about our upcoming meeting, details about our ARIN Community Grant Program, tips from our Registration Services Department, and so much more. Missed last quarter’s edition? You can find all past editions on our ARIN Bits page.

ARIN 45 to be held virtually

In light of the current
circumstances related to the rapidly evolving coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) outbreak and guidance from Federal and state governments, the ARIN
45 Public Policy and Members Meeting will no longer have an in-person component
as originally scheduled to take place in Louisville, Kentucky.

We have been closely monitoring
the latest news and guidance related to the COVID-19 outbreak from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO),
and local health departments. Following the most recent guidance from the CDC,
we must prioritize the health of our ARIN community members and their families,
and thus, the ARIN 45 Public Policy and Members Meeting will now proceed
entirely as an online-only meeting for all participants.

We ask that all participants
please save the original dates of Monday, 27 April and Tuesday, 28 April while
we review our normal policy discussions and related meeting programming to select
material to be added to the agenda. We will be publishing the agenda and how to
participate in the near future.

We thank you for your
understanding, and wish you safety and good health as we get through this
together. If you have any further questions, please reach out to

Servers available to test upcoming SWIP changes

Over the last several years, the
community has been discussing ARIN policy regarding how reallocations and
reassignments are made to downstream organizations. As a result of these
discussions, two new policies will be implemented in the coming weeks. These
new policies may impact you, your downstream customers, and your automated SWIP
scripts or email templates for detailed reassignments and reallocations. The
changes to our systems required by these policies will be deployed during our
next release cycle, scheduled for the week of 30 March 2020, as previously

To help you prepare for our community-driven policy changes, we have provided special servers in our Operational Test and Evaluation
(OT&E) Environment. If you are an ISP who performs Detailed Reassignments
or Reallocations of IP addresses to customers, we recommend that you use these
servers to test the configuration changes that you will need to make as a
result of the policy changes.

To test RESTful calls using the
OT&E server, modify your RESTful commands to use the URL in place of Documentation for RESTful
commands can be found here:

To try out the reassignment and
reallocation changes in ARIN Online, access the OT&E server at and navigate to IP
> Reassign Addresses to begin testing.

We also
wrote a blog
to share some of the impacts you may see after these
policies are implemented, so be sure to check that out as you prepare.

Apply for an ARIN Community Grant

Do you know of a project that needs funding, is not commercial in nature, and benefits the Internet community within the ARIN service region? Apply now for a 2020 ARIN Community Grant. The call for applications is open through 10 June 2020.

Community Grant Program provides financial grants in support of operational and
research projects that improve the overall Internet industry and Internet user
environment that advance ARIN’s mission and broadly benefit the Internet
community within the ARIN region. For 2020, the ARIN Board of Trustees has
approved a total expenditure of up to $60,000 (USD) for grants of varying
amounts, starting at $1,000 (USD) and based on project need.

Projects must
fit into one or more of these four broad categories:

  • Internet technical improvements that promote and facilitate the expansion, development, and growth of the infrastructure of the Internet consistent with the public interest
  • Registry processes and technology improvements that help maintain a globally consistent and highly usable Internet Numbers Registry system
  • Informational outreach that advances the Internet on topics such as, but not limited to: IPv6 deployment, Internet research, and Internet governance
  • Research related to ARIN’s mission and operations

applications will be accepted 4 March – 10 June 2020. Learn more and apply.

Join one of our upcoming IPv6 Address Planning Webinars

Due to
continued high demand, we are happy to share that we have new dates for our
popular “IPv6 Address Planning Basics” webinar!

If you’re wondering where to start with IPv6 or what the right size block is for your organization, you won’t want to miss this session. Led by Jon Worley, ARIN’s Technical Services Lead, this webinar will help you better understand IPv6 address planning, block sizes, and how to plan for growth. We will include some real-life examples and even give you an opportunity to try your hand at planning for your own organization!

Topics will

  1. Comparing what you know about IPv4 and IPv6
  2. Building blocks of IPv6
  3. Building an address plan
  4. The right block for your organization

Registration is completely free; on the registration form, simply select which date you would like to attend:

  • Tuesday, 7 April; 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
  • Tuesday, 12 May; 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Space is limited, so don’t miss out. Register today!

We have a few policy proposals pending implementation or under discussion:

The following
proposals have been adopted by the ARIN Board of Trustees and are pending

The following proposals are currently
under discussion:

Recommended Draft Policies:

Draft Policies:

Editorial Change:


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!

Our Featured Policy Requirement:

Dedicated IPv4 Block to Facilitate IPv6 Deployment (NRPM

Does your organization need IPv4 address space to deploy
your IPv6 network? As part of the community-adopted policy, a contiguous /10
IPv4 block has been set aside and dedicated to facilitate IPv6 deployment. Examples
of such deployment include IPv4 addresses for key dual stack DNS servers,
NAT-PT, and/or NAT464 translators. If your organization will be utilizing these
or similar technologies to transition to IPv6, and already has IPv6 registered,
you may want to consider requesting an IPv4 /24 under policy 4.10 to assist you
with your deployment.

A tip from our Registration Services Department:

Has your organization’s Point of Contact (POC) left your company? Do you need to be added as the new POC on your Organization Identifier (ORG ID)? There are many different ways POCs can be associated with Org IDs and a few possible solutions to this scenario. Here are the three most common scenarios and their solutions.

  1. The current POC represents a group within your
    organization and has a distribution list as its email. Create your own ARIN
    Online user account to log into, then Link to the POC. You must be
    able to receive an authorization email that will be sent to the distribution
  2. The current POC is a person based POC
    representing the employee that has left the organization. Create your own ARIN
    Online user account to log into, create a new POC for yourself, then
    submit an Org Recovery request to be added as a new Tech point of contact for
    your Org Id.
  3. The IP addresses are reassigned to you by your
    ISP. ARIN may be able to assist you via an Organization
    . ARIN would also advise
    that you contact your ISP and inform them that you are the new point of contact
    for the IP addresses they are providing your organization.

More specific details and steps can be found on our website.

If you’re unsure of how to handle your particular
situation, ARIN analysts are happy to help. Give them a call at the Help Desk
or submit an Ask ARIN ticket from the left navigation bar of your ARIN Online

Check out these Customer and Member Stats (As of 28 February 2020)

  • 38,609 total customer organizations, including 6,399 member organizations
  • 136 8.3 Transfers and 19 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2020
  • 8.4 Transfers completed YTD 2019: 4 to APNIC, 8 to RIPE NCC, 4 from APNIC, 7 from RIPE NCC
  • 59.7% of members have an IPv6 block

See you in June!

And that’s a wrap. We’ll see you next quarter. Wishing you good health and a happy Spring!

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