February 2009 policy changes
APNIC implements policy changes that reached consensus during APNIC 26 in Christchurch, New Zealand in August 2008
On 16 February 2009, APNIC will implement three policy proposals that reached consensus during APNIC 26 in Christchurch, New Zealand in August 2008. The APNIC Executive Council (EC) endorsed the proposals during their November 2008 meeting. The three policy changes are:
- Defining how APNIC should distribute the final /8 worth of IPv4 addresses from its unallocated pool
This change aims to ensure that during the transition to IPv6, LIRs can still participate in the IPv4 Internet while they deploy services using the IPv6 Internet.
- Including the utilization rate of historical IPv4 addresses when assessing an LIR's request for more IPv4 addresses.
This change brings utilization of historical IPv4 addresses into line with current best practices for address management. It will ensure that organizations are using scarce IPv4 address space resources to the fullest extent possible.
- Including an additional date in the timetable for moving from two-byte only AS numbers to four-byte only AS numbers.
This change aims to create greater awareness within the community for the need to support 4-byte AS numbers without mandating an absolute final adoption of 4-byte AS numbers.
To view the history of these policy proposals, see:
- prop-062: Use of final /8
- prop-064: Change to assignment policy for AS numbers
- prop-066: Ensuring efficient use of historical IPv4 resources
APNIC policies are developed by the membership and broader Internet community. To have your say on policy proposals to be presented at APNIC 27 in Manila, Philippines, February 2009, join the Policy SIG mailing list. Details at: