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Guidelines for Management of IP Address Space (RFC1466)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002295D
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 8 page(s) / 21K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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E. Gerich: AUTHOR

Abstract

This document has been reviewed by the Federal Engineering Planning Group (FEPG) on behalf of the Federal Networking Council (FNC), the co-chairs of the Intercontinental Engineering Planning Group (IEPG), and the Reseaux IP Europeens (RIPE). There was general consensus by those groups to support the recommendations proposed in this document for management of the IP address space.

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Network Working Group E. Gerich

Request for Comments: 1466 Merit

Obsoletes: 1366 May 1993

Guidelines for Management of IP Address Space

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

This document has been reviewed by the Federal Engineering Planning

Group (FEPG) on behalf of the Federal Networking Council (FNC), the

co-chairs of the Intercontinental Engineering Planning Group (IEPG),

and the Reseaux IP Europeens (RIPE). There was general consensus by

those groups to support the recommendations proposed in this document

for management of the IP address space.

1.0 Introduction

With the growth of the Internet and its increasing globalization,

much thought has been given to the evolution of the network number

allocation and assignment process. RFC 1174, "Identifier Assignment

and Connected Status", [1] dated August 1990 recommends that the

Internet Registry (IR) continue as the principal registry for network

numbers; however, the IR may allocate blocks of network numbers and

the assignment of those numbers to qualified organizations. The IR

will serve as the default registry in cases where no delegated

registration authority has been identified.

The distribution of the registration function is desirable, and in

keeping with that goal, it is necessary to develop a plan which

manages the distribution of the network number space. The demand for

network numbers has grown significantly within the last two years and

as a result the allocation of network numbers must be approached in a

more systematic fashion.

This document proposes a plan which will forward the implementation

of RFC 1174 and which defines the allocation and assignment of the

network number space. There are three major topics to be addressed:

1) Qualifications for Distributed Regional Registries

2) Allocation of the Network Number Space by the Internet Registry

3) Assignment of the Network Numbers

2.0 Qualifications for Distributed Regional Registries

The major reason to distribute the registration function is that the

Internet serves a more diverse global population than it did at its

inception. This means that registries which are located in distinct

geographic areas may be better able to serve the local community in

terms of language and local customs. While there appears to be wide

support for the concept of distribution of the registration function,

it is important to define how the candidate delegated registries will

be chosen and from which geographic areas.

Based on the growth and the maturity of the Internet in Europe, North

America, Central/South America and the Pacific Rim areas, it is

desirable to consider delegating the regis...