Comments on Routing and Allocation Policy Wanted

Forrest W. Christian forrestc at
Sat Sep 30 08:28:05 UTC 1995

I'm currently in the process of working on a "rough draft" of a policy on 
IP number usage.  I'd like to solicit a few comments from those of you 
who seem to be making the majority of the routing decisions.

Here's a copy of what I'm presently working on.  Please feel free to rip 
it to shreds if necessary....

                           September 29, 1995

  Standard Dialup SLIP, CSLIP and PPP customers will be allocated a 
Single Static IP Address to be used to configure their software.  There 
are many advantages to be gained by Statically allocating the numbers, 
including the ability to have multiple mailboxes by using SMTP, etc.

  Dedicated and Routed-Dialup customers will be allocated a block of 
numbers from MIC's CIDR block.  The size and quantity of blocks will 
depend on the number of machines to be connected to the network at the 
customer's premises and the customer's network architecture.  MIC 
currently allocates blocks containing 8, 16, 32, 64 or 256 
"individual" addresses.  Multiple consecutive blocks will be allocated 
depending on need of the customer.

  Dedicated and Routed-Dialup customers who already have a set of 
Internic allocated addresses may continue to use those numbers as long as 
the following conditions are met:

  1)  The numbers MUST be listed and registered in the internic database.
  2)  Only blocks addressable with a prefix of /21 or smaller for addresses
      with an initial octet less than 205, and blocks addressable with
      a prefix of /19 or smaller for addresses with an initial octet of 
      205 or higher will be permitted.  If you are uncertain whether 
      certain addresses meet these criteria, contact MIC support for details.
  3)  The customer is aware that MIC will not guarantee the routablity of 
      any customer provided numbers.  The customer should also be aware
      that routing policies can and will change, and as a result, the
      customer's numbers may not be routed by various Service Providers 
      at any point in the future.

forrestc at

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