[ARIN-consult] ARIN Resource Revocation Procedures

michael.dillon at bt.com michael.dillon at bt.com
Fri Oct 9 08:27:13 EDT 2009

> I think that there should be some sort of differentiation 
> between 'abandoned' resources and resources that an entity 
> wants to keep but is having trouble paying the fees for. In 
> this economic recession, many organisations are suffering, 
> having trouble paying salaries, and it would be a shame to 
> push them into insolvency faster than is needed.

I agree. If a company is genuinely using the resources but
has difficulty paying for any reason, whether it is due
to awful internal payment approval processes or because 
they have cashflow problems, ARIN should offer them an
extended payment plan. 

I'm not sure how this is done in the USA, but back when
I was doing business in Canada, it was common for all
invoices to quote payment terms including a discount
for payment within x days (usually 10) and an interest
rate penalty for payments over y days (usually 30).

And of course, there are also negotiated payment plans
where you both agree that this is no longer a payment
issue, but that the amount outstanding is a loan and
there will be an agreed monthly minimum payment and
interest rate until it is paid off.

We can't put all the details in policy, but we could make
the distinction that Owen mentioned, and also state that
companies who agree to a payment plan could keep their 
resources. The details of the payment plans would then
be up to the BoT and to ARIN's finance department.

--Michael Dillon

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