Submitted Proposals

Organization: Packet Clearing House
Title :
Bottom-Up Policymaking in the Regional Internet Registries to address IPv4 depletion and IPv6 transition
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.
The impending depletion of the IPv4 free pool and the adoption of IPv6 are two of the most critical issues facing the Internet operations community today.  IPv4 is becoming a scarce resource, and the policies which governed its dissemination in times of plentitude may soon be tested.  The adoption of IPv6 has taken a much slower path than many anticipated.  These two issues are the primary ones being addressed by the bottom-up policymaking process through which Internet number resource allocation is governed, and the Regional Internet Registries are the forum within which that process occurs.  We propose to introduce IGF participants to the bottom-up public policy development process as enacted by the Internet community, and summarize each of the specific policy proposals being debated currently.  We hope to encourage IGF participants to participate in the RIR policymaking process.
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.


  • Raul Echeberria, LACNIC
  • Adiel Akplogan, AfriNIC
  • Steve Ryan, McDermott Will & Emory, and counsel to ARIN
  • Ben Edelman, Harvard University
  • Alain Durand, Comcast
The RIRs are the principal actors in this field.  Ben Edelman is the principal economist studying IPv4 depletion and market regulatory structures.  Alain Durand heads Comcast's IPv6 deployment group, and Comcast is the largest IPv6 service provider in the Americas.  All have been approached, and have either accepted or are seeking internal organizational approval to speak.


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?