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Summary of public comments received

  • To: "proposed-ipv4-policy@xxxxxxxxx" <proposed-ipv4-policy@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Summary of public comments received
  • From: Olof Nordling <olof.nordling@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 21:29:06 -0800

Summary of public comments received for:
Global Policy Proposal for remaining IPv4 address space

Comment period ended: 26 February 2009
Summary published: 27 February 2009

On 4 February 2009, the Chair of the Address Supporting Organization Address 
Council forwarded a Proposed Global Policy for Remaining IPv4 Address Space, 
for ratification by the ICANN Board. Essentially, the proposal states that each 
Regional Internet Registry, RIR, be allocated one /8 IPv4 address block when 
the IANA free pool of IPv4 address space reaches five remaining /8 blocks.

The development of Global Internet Number Resource Policies is the subject of 
an MoU, known as the ASO MoU, between the RIRs/NRO and ICANN. There are also 
specific ICANN Board Procedures for handling global policy proposals in this 
context. In line with the procedures, a final call for public comments on this 
proposal was open from 5 February 2009 to 26 February 2009.

At the closing time for public comments, one comment had been received, from 
Robert Aouad, CEO of ISOCEL in Benin. Aouad briefly expresses general support 
for the policy, stating that: "This particular global policy ensures the 
distribution of the last remaining IP(v4) address (blocks) in an orderly 

In addition, Aouad raises four questions regarding how the final IPv4 address 
block will be handled in his region. These questions relate to regional policy 
considerations, outside the scope of the Global Policy proposal. Accordingly, 
the comment has also been forwarded to ASO AC representatives of the relevant 
Regional Internet Registry,  AfriNIC, for their information, consideration and 
potential addressing, as appropriate.

This summary of public comments will be used to inform the ICANN Board of 
Directors in their consideration of the global policy proposal.

Robert Aouad

Olof Nordling
Director, Services Relations
R.P. Schuman 6, Bte 5
B-1040 Brussels

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