[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Proposed 2018 Fee Schedule Changes
owen at delong.com
Mon Apr 9 13:38:24 EDT 2018
With all due respect, speaking as an end user who would face not a $100->$150 increase, but a $300->$450 increase mostly predicated on resources which are legacy and which weren’t costing me anything until ARIN restructured the way it charges
end-users to convert me from paying one fee as an end-user to paying 3 fees (a change which, had I known was even possible,
I would NOT have done the community-minded thing and signed the LRSA, keeping 2 of my 3 resources in the FREE category in
This so-called “modest” $150/year increase in my fees is neither desired, nor appreciated and frankly, no, I’m not seeing
a significant expansion in recent years of the ARIN services I use or of the number of interactions I carry out with ARIN
annually in relation to my resources (which, if you don’t count paying my invoices) is approximately zero.
I realize that since end-users don’t have voting rights unless they subscribe to an additional $500/year poll tax, we are easy targets here, but I do not support the proposed increase being borne entirely by the end-user with no impact on ISPs.
> On Apr 9, 2018, at 08:59 , John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:
> On 9 Apr 2018, at 10:07 AM, Bill Woodcock <woody at pch.net <mailto:woody at pch.net>> wrote:
>>> On Apr 9, 2018, at 6:43 AM, ARIN <info at arin.net <mailto:info at arin.net>> wrote:
>>> ARIN has increased operating costs in recent years to meet
>>> customer demand for improved and broader services
>> The membership seem to be relatively clear that they’re not in favor of scope-creep. And there are already 88 staff, the majority of whom are in Engineering. The theory was that they were supposed to be temporary contractors, doing one-time projects to automate ARIN registry functions. Yet the “temporary” part never seems to come to a conclusion.
>> Can you present the budget, and explain what specific new services you’re proposing to perform with this additional money, and give us a status-update on the progress being made toward specific goals by the existing 45 engineers?
> Bill (and David) -
> Both the specific deliverables accomplished, as well as the upcoming deliverables can be found online here
> <https://www.arin.net/features/ <https://www.arin.net/features/>>, and here <https://www.arin.net/features/planned.html <https://www.arin.net/features/planned.html>> respectively.
> The budget is always available online here <https://www.arin.net/about_us/corp_docs/strategic_plan.html <https://www.arin.net/about_us/corp_docs/strategic_plan.html>>
> along with the Strategic Plan and two-year operating plans which includes our annual objectives. For 2018,
> we anticipate revenues of $20.9 USD million and expenses of $23.8 USD million, thus we are impacting our
> reserves in the short term. Our base model does (as you note) include additional engineering “surge" staffing
> and this continues through 2018, although this does not continue in 2019. Even with that adjustment, ARIN
> will be operating at approximately at $1.3 million USD net-to-reserves position each year on a going-forward
> So while ARIN’s present medium-term (5 year) financial outlook is solid, it not as robust as the Board has
> traditionally sought – specifically, with present plan and fee schedule we’ll be taking our reserves from $25.9
> million to approximately $21.6 million though 2022. This downward trajectory is likely to continue over the
> long-term, and could even accelerate, since our annual revenue includes about $1.4M of investment income
> that will drop in a corresponding manner with a declining reserve balance; hence why addressing the gap
> is a simpler matter if done sooner rather than later.
> The proposed fee change would provide the following net increase in annual revenues:
> • Facilitator fee - net revenue increase + $34,000
> • End-user Maintenance fee: net revenue increase + $1,400,000
> • LRSA holders Maintenance fees: net revenue increase + $33,500
> The total annual revenue increase with the proposed fee schedule change is 1.47M USD, which would have ARIN
> be net neutral to the reserves for the foreseeable future. The increase to facilitator fees was deemed appropriate
> because we are seeing significant increased costs related to maintenance of that program (specifically in addressing
> parties who are not actual participants but still call themselves “ARIN Facilitators”. )
> Regarding the maintenance fee increases, our end-user community engages in significant ongoing interactions with
> ARIN and yet is approximately one fifth of ARIN's total revenue. Our investment in systems (such as ARIN Online)
> benefit the entire ARIN community, and that community is disproportionately end-users. In fact, much of our most
> improvements have been “easy-of-use” related for the benefit of those smaller organizations that are new to ARIN
> and doing requests for the first time.
> For the vast majority end-users, the fee change results in a modest $100 to $150 annual increase –depending on
> whether the organization has only one of IPv4 or IPv6 and an ASN, or both IPv4 block, IPv6 block, and an ASN.
> While the total impact is still quite small in terms of individual end-user invoice, it is true that it could be deemed
> a very significant increase when viewed on a percentage basis. This increase is not without corresponding value,
> as the services provided have been quite enhanced over time (including improvements to ARIN Online allowing
> easier administration, addition two-factor authentication, streamlined request and ticket sections, etc.) so those
> using ARIN services have indeed benefitted from ARIN’s investments in staff and systems in recent years.
> I will cover this material in more detail at ARIN 41, but felt that the communities consideration of this matter
> would be more productive with some fo the budget, development progress, and fee distribution information
> that was being sought in the interim. Please do not hesitate ask any additional questions that would help
> in consideration of this consultation.
> John Curran
> President and CEO
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
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