A mechanism to allocate IPv6 blocks for BGP networks based on the networks AS Number

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Authors Martin Levy  , Matthew Pounsett 
Last updated 2013-07-29 (latest revision 2013-01-24)
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This document provides a methodology for automatically allocating IPv6 [RFC2460] address blocks for networks that run BGP [RFC4271] and are either single-homed or multi-homed [BARBER2011]. The automatic allocation is taken from a specific /16 block assigned by IANA for this purpose. Networks that require more than this single /48 can still request additional allocations via the existing RIR process. Networks are not forced to use this allocation and can ignore this completely. Availability of the /48 assignment via this mechanism does not change existing mechanisms for obtaining IPv6 assignments through the existing RIR (Regional Internet Registry) or LIR (Local Internet Registry) mechanisms. There is an implicit assumption that it's a good thing to promote networks to enable IPv6 with a near-zero effort.


Martin Levy (martin@he.net)
Matthew Pounsett (mpounsett@afilias.info)

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