Changes in Two IPv6 Policies


Changes in Two IPv6 Policies

During the Policy Forum held in Cuba, the LACNIC community reached consensus on proposed changes to two policies relating to IPv6 resource management in the LAC region. The two proposals that reached consensus are now in the last call for comments period on the Policy List (, after which they will be submitted to the Board for ratification.

The Forum was attended by 202 members of the community, and the first proposal that was approved concerns the modification of direct IPv6 assignments to end users. Promoted by Jordi Palet Martinez of Consulintel, the proposal modifies the text of the policy so that its considerations will be consistent with actual IPv6 usage. Palet’s proposal eliminates the requirements for granting IPv6 addresses to end users (see

Also submitted by Jordi Palet, the second proposal that reached consensus at the Forum concerns the size and subsequent direct IPv6 assignments to end sites. In Palet’s opinion, an addressing plan is enough to justify the space, while placing limitations on actual needs makes no sense. Once the policy is ratified, assignments will always be made in blocks greater than or equal to a /48.

The other policies discussed in Cuba were returned to the Policy List for further discussion: a proposal to create an IPv4 reserve pool for infrastructure considered critical or essential for Internet operation in the region; a proposal to remove the reference to a provider’s “multihomed or non-multihomed status;” and a proposal to modify the size of initial IPv6 allocations.

New Forum Chair – The Forum also elected a new chair: Juan Peirano of Uruguay, who will replace Carlos Plasencia of Venezuela.

Juan Peirano works in Core Network Planning at Telefónica Uruguay, where his main focus is on IP networks and corporate and customer connectivity projects.

Prior to joining Telefónica, Peirano served as Internet number resource analyst and policy officer at LACNIC, a position that allowed him to gain experience in Internet number resource management (IPv4, IPv6 and ASN), direct contact with LACNIC members, and in-depth knowledge of the Policy Manual. He is strongly involved in the Public Policy Forums of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as those of the other four regions (RIPE, APNIC, ARIN, AFRINIC).

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