Guidelines for Management of IP Address Space (RFC1466)
Original Publication Date: 1993-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-10
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
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. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.
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.
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.
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",  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:
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RFC 1466 Guidelines for Management of IP Address Space May 1993
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 registration function to an organization in each of those geographic areas. Until an organization is identified in those regions, the IR will continue to se...