ICANN announces ratification of GPP-IPv4-2011

ICANN has formally announced ratification of a new global addressing policy.

ICANN has formally announced news that the ICANN Board has ratified the Global Policy Proposal for Post Exhaustion IPv4 Allocation Mechanisms by the IANA.

The policy GPP-IPv4-2011, known as prop-097 in the APNIC Region, was sent to the ICANN Board by the Address Supporting Organization (ASO) Address Council on 13 March 2012.

ICANN then posted the proposal for public comment from 14 March 2012 through to 4 April 2012, during which time no comments were submitted.

The Global Policy provides a mechanism for Regional Internet Registries to return IPv4 address space to an IANA-managed pool. Once active, address space in this pool can be allocated, in equal shares, to the five RIRs.

The news announcement notes that ICANN staff will be taking all necessary steps to implement the Global Policy.