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APNIC Confederation Requirements

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>From: "Miguel A.L. Paraz" <map at>
>Subject: [ph-isp] Confederation Requirements
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>Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 19:16:50 +0800 (HKT)
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>This is the APNIC document describing the confederation structure:
>			      APNIC-xxx
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>			 ---- D R A F T ----
>	    APNIC Confederation Concepts and Requirements
>			Issued: July 20, 1997
>		     Expires: December 31, 1997*
>*) This form is valid until superseded by another form.  After the
>   date specified, please check the APNIC document store located at 
> for a later version of this form.
>1.0 Introduction
>This document describes the concepts behind and requirements necessary
>for the creation of an APNIC recognized Internet Service Provider
>Confederation.  In the realization that local support (in terms of
>language and culture) may provide a higher level of service than would
>otherwise be available through APNIC, the APNIC membership has created
>the concept of APNIC "Confederations".  Confederations are intended to
>provide a means by which a group of service providers can group
>together to provide resource allocation and registration services
>tailored to their specific local language and cultural requirements.
>This document describes APNIC confederations and the requirements for
>their creation.
>2.0 Internet Service Provider Confederations
>In realization of APNIC's limited ability to provide local language
>and cultural support to its membership, the APNIC membership has
>created an attribute to normal membership, known as an "Internet
>Service Provider (ISP) Confederation".  ISP Confederations are defined
>to be a group of three or more Internet service providers (commercial
>or non-commercial) known as the confederation's members and an
>operational body known as the confederation's registry which provides
>allocation and registration services to the confederation members.  It
>is assumed that the confederation's registry can act in a neutral and
>unbiased fashion to all confederation members and that the membership
>can entrust confidential information to the confederation's registry
>A confederation's membership can be deliniated in many ways.  In some
>cases, a confederation may be formed by a national government or other
>national body and be intended to provide allocation and registry
>services to service providers within the national boundaries.
>Historically, this form of confederation was known as a "national
>In other cases, competitive Internet service providers in multiple
>countries may join together to form a confederation with the only
>constraint on membership being a willingness to abide by the
>confederation's oprational and organizational rules.  
>In all cases, it is required that the definitions for membership
>within a confederation are well defined and published.  It should be
>noted that there is no intent to require a given ISP to become a
>member of a particular confederation, even if the ISP meets the
>membership requirements for the confederation.  Confederation
>membership is considered voluntary and an ISP is always free to apply
>for APNIC or other appropriate registry membership.
>3.0 Establishment Requirements
>To become an APNIC recognized Internet Service Provider Confederation
>and have resources delegated from APNIC, a confederation registry must
>meet the following requirements:
>3.1 The confederation registry must be an independent, non-profit
>    entity (not necessarily incorporated, however this is recommended)
>    administratively distinct from any one particular confederation
>    member.  This allows the confederation registry to act in a neutral
>    and unbiased fashion towards all its members.
>3.2 The confederation registry must be composed of three or more
>    non-affiliated Internet connectivity service providing
>    organizations which provide Internet connectivity services that
>    require delegation of blocks of addresses.  This requirement 
>    ensures the overhead associated with a confederation is distributed
>    over a sufficient number of organizations as well as reducing the
>    likelihood of confederations being established to circumvent
>    existing registry policies.
>3.3 The confederation registry must pay a yearly fee to APNIC
>    consisting of a base fee corresponding to the confederation's self
>    determined size plus an additional per member fee as described
>    below. This requirement will ensure APNIC has sufficient resources
>    to continue processing confederation requests.
>3.4 The allocation body of the confederation registry must demonstrate
>    an understanding and willingness to abide by the guidelines
>    documented in RFCs 2050 and 1930.  This requirement ensures
>    allocations made by the confederation are appropriate and
>    consistent with existing registry guidelines.
>3.5 The confederation registry must provide documents describing (in
>    English):
>	a) Confederation organizational structure and procedures
>	   including administrative structure and chain of appeal
>           thereby giving APNIC the information necessary to
>           adjudicate disputes brought before it;
>	b) Membership eligibility requirements and termination
>	   procedures thereby allowing APNIC for redirect requests
>           to confederations where appropriate
>	c) Member organizations including
>		i) Member organization's official name
>		ii) Member organization's postal address
>		iii) Member organization's email, telephone and
>		     facsimile numbers
>		iv) Member organization's APNIC account name (if such
>		    exists)
>           thereby reducing the likelihood of organizations joining
>           multiple confederations in order to circumvent allocation
>           restrictions.
>	d) IP address allocation guidelines beyond those documented
>	   in RFC 2050.
>	e) AS number allocation guidelines beyond those documented in
>	   RFC 1930.
>3.6 Discussion 
>The documents described in (5) will be made available to the Internet
>community via APNIC's informational services.  Modifications to a
>confederation's structure, its membership, or any of its policies must
>be reported to APNIC within ten working days.
>In addition to these requirements, it is assumed confederations
>operate their own registration database systems.  If the primary
>language of the confederation is not English, it is suggested the
>confederation database be provided in the appropriate local language.
>In any case, the operation of a local database does not relieve the
>confederation of the requirement of updating the APNIC database as the
>APNIC database is considered authoritative for all address blocks
>delegated by APNIC.
>4.0 Confederation Member Fees
>In order to ensure that the APNIC services to individual confederation
>members are fairly charged to confederations to ensure that existing
>APNIC members are not subsidising the operation of servicing
>confederations, the APNIC membership has voted to impose a fee of US
>$2000 per confederation member per year in addition to the yearly
>APNIC self-determined membership fee.
>In order to provide for an orderly transition from the former funding
>regime to the new per-member confederation fee system, a confederation
>which was already an existing financial APNIC member as of 1 March
>1997 and which undertakes sub-registry services and validation of all
>service requests by confederation members prior to submission to APNIC
>will be assessed the yearly self-determined membership fee plus a per
>confederation member fee scaled over time as:
>Fiscal Year			Yearly Fee
>Jan 1, 1997 - Dec 31, 1997	US $500 per member
>Jan 1, 1998 - Dec 31, 1998	US $800 per member
>Jan 1, 1999 - Dec 31, 1999	US $1100 per member
>Jan 1, 2000 - Dec 31, 2000	US $1400 per member
>Jan 1, 2001 - Dec 31, 2001	US $1700 per member
>Jan 1, 2002 - thereafter	US $2000 per member
>For the purposes of determining the yearly fee, a confederation member
>is any organization to which the confederation assigns or allocates
>portable (provider independent) addresses space.
>5.0 Address Allocation Procedures
>Confederations will be allocated blocks of addresses and autonomous
>sytem numbers which are intended to be sub-allocated to confederation
>member organizations, with the amount of address space allocated by
>APNIC rounded up to the next power-of-two block.  It is expected the
>confederation will allocate resources to their members in a fashion
>similar to the allocation mechanisms documented in RFC 2050 (e.g.,
>"slow-start") and RFC 1930.  When a member has consumed its
>allocation, the member should contact the confederation administrator
>to request additional address space.  If the confederation
>administrator has insufficient resources to meet the member's request,
>the confederation administrator should request additional space from
>APNIC via the appropriate form.  When APNIC receives this form, APNIC
>will review the allocation history for the confederation and verify
>reassignments have been made appropriately.  Assuming all requirements
>have been met, APNIC will allocate additional resources sufficient to
>enable the confederation to operate 3 to 6 months without need of
>additional address space.
>APNIC always reserves the right to reduce or withhold resource
>allocations to confederations which do not conform to APNIC or
>accepted Internet allocation policies.
>Should a confederation be established which has as a member an
>existing APNIC member, APNIC will not allocate a new block to the
>confederation for that member immediately, but will instead transfer
>control of that block to the confederation.  
>6.0 Voting Rights
>For the purposes of voting in APNIC meetings, a confederation is
>entitled to cast votes based on the following:
>	Votes for self-determined category (Large = 4, Medium = 2,
>	Small = 1) plus 1 vote for every 5 members to a maximum of
>	8 votes.
>Thus if a confederation chooses to call itself "medium" and has 17
>members, it would be able to cast
>	2 + 17 div 5 = 5 
>(where "div" is integer division) votes.
>7.0 Conclusion
>Internet Service Provider Confederations are intended to provide
>resource allocation and registration services to subsets of the Asia
>Pacific Internet community which APNIC serves.  These confederations
>allow for local language and culture issues to be address more readily
>than APNIC can provide in order to provide a higher level of service
>to particular subsets of APNIC's membership.
>miguel a.l. paraz  <map at>
>iphil communications, makati city, philippines
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