I am very pleased (and a little proud) to announce that policy 2008-7: Annual WHOIS POC Validation has been adopted by the ARIN Board of Trustees!

If you have been following my blog (or the ARIN PPML) for awhile, you will know that I am one of the four authors of this policy – hence the pride.  The pleasure stems from belief that this policy addresses a deceptively important issue.  Deceptive because it is easily mistaken for trivial, and overlooked.

The issue addressed is that of ARIN’s WHOIS POC record validity (as you may have guessed from the title).  Those of you not familiar with this topic should read on, those versed in these matters may want to jump to the next paragraph.  A quick crash course:  The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for North America and as such they operate this region’s WHOIS database.  This database contains records which track all of the IP (Internet Protocol) and AS (Autonomous Syst