Eleven Policy Proposals Discussed in Punta Cana
Eleven policy proposals submitted by members of the community were analyzed and discussed during the LACNIC Public Policy Forum that took place during the LACNIC 31 event in Punta Cana.
Abuse Contact: Promoted by Jordi Palet, this proposal introduces a mechanism for validating the abuse contacts in WHOIS (abuse-c and abuse-mailbox) so that LACNIC member organizations can report and try to solve cases of abuse. According to the proposal, LACNIC would validate the existence of a valid abuse-c contact for each member, establishing the goals that the procedure must meet. This proposal continues in its initial discussion period. Watch the video here.
IPv6 for End Users. This policy proposal seeks to clarify IPv6 sub-assignments to end users and is also being promoted by Jordi Palet. It proposes redefining the term “assign” as “to delegate address space to an end user for its use exclusively within their own infrastructure or for interconnection purposes,” replacing the current definition that reads “its use in their Internet infrastructure.” In his proposal, Palet notes that sub-assignments to third parties outside this infrastructure would not be allowed. This proposal reached consensus and has now entered a four-week last call for comments period. Watch the video here.
Code of Conduct. The Public Policy Forum also discussed an acceptable use policy for the Policy List that seeks to establish a code of conduct under which participants would have to respect certain rules and be subject to penalties in case of violations. The goal of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to put an end to potentially annoying actions that are contrary to the spirit of the Policy list. This proposal continues in its initial discussion period. Watch the video here.
Inter-RIR Transfers. Two proposals to enable IPv4 transfers between LACNIC and other Regional Internet Registries were also discussed. One of these proposals seeks to allow only the transfer of legacy resources, while the other promotes the possibility of allowing the transfer of any type of resources, whether legacy or not. This last one reached consensus and has now entered a four-week last call for comments period. The first one reached consensus but because it is mutually excluding with proposal lac-2019-1 v1, the author has decided to abandon it. Watch the video here.
Three Proposals on Mergers. In order to update the Policy Manual to include a situation that is already happening —namely, the transfer of IPv4 addresses and other resources held by an organization in case of its merger, acquisition or reorganization— Edwin Salazar, Jordi Palet and Edmundo Cazárez submitted three proposals, each of them dealing specifically with ASNs, IPv6 and IPv4 addresses. This proposals continue in their initial discussion period.
Route Hijacking. Carlos Friacas, Jordi Palet and Fernando Frediani are promoting a policy to explicitly state that BGP route hijacking is a violation of LACNIC’s policies and that therefore this practice is not accepted in the 33 territories that are part of the LACNIC service region. This initiative does not target operational errors, but instead it attempts to identify and address intentional BGP hijacking events. The policy proposal seeks to establish a procedure to verify whether a route hijacking event was intentional and create a committee of international experts. It also proposes different instances of appeal to decide on the intentionality of such events. This proposal continues in its initial discussion period. Watch the video here.
Election process (PDP Chairs). This proposal establishes changes to the PDP relative to how PDP chairs are elected. This proposal continues in its initial discussion period. Watch the video here.
Resources are assigned in a unique and exclusive manner. The goal of this proposal is to explicitly state that resource assignments are exclusive, as specified in various sections of the Policy Manual. This proposal continues in its initial discussion period. Watch the video here.
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