[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Expanding the Size of the ARIN Board of Trustees

ARIN info at arin.net
Mon Apr 9 16:42:02 EDT 2018

On 9 April, the Consultation on Board Size was amended to include the 
link to the proposed Bylaws amendment necessary to effect the proposed 



Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

On 4/6/18 2:14 PM, ARIN wrote:
> In May 2017, the ARIN Board of Trustees proposed expansion of the size 
> of the Board of Trustees in order to increase opportunities for 
> diversity in the background of Board members, including geographical 
> and gender representation. This proposal was the topic of an energetic 
> community consultation with mixed outcome indicating both support and 
> concerns with such a change. The ARIN Board considered the outcome of 
> the consultation, but ultimately the measure did not achieve the 
> four-fifths approval threshold necessary for changing ARIN's Bylaws.
> In February of this year, the ARIN Board discussed an additional issue 
> related to the present size of the Board: specifically, the challenge 
> that a smaller Board poses when engaging in strategic discussions, for 
> example in regard to long-term direction or relationships with other 
> Internet organizations. While many of these topics are discussed with 
> the community prior to decision (e.g. formation of the NRO, support 
> for the IANA Stewardship Transition), it is often up to the ARIN Board 
> of Trustees to decide whether to explore these initiatives when they 
> are at an early stage. There is a very wide diversity of the Internet 
> ecosystem that can be affected by ARIN's strategic direction and this 
> includes Internet service providers of all sizes and types (transit, 
> access, etc.), Internet online and content industries, data center and 
> cloud operators, educational and government networks, commercial 
> firms, and civil society. While the Trustees elected by the community 
> often have a broad knowledge of the Internet ecosystem, seven Trustees 
> is a relatively small group to evaluate impacts across the entire 
> Internet ecosystem.
> As a result of this discussion, the ARIN Board agreed to initiate a 
> new community consultation to expand the number of elected Board 
> members from six to nine, in order to allow for wider representation 
> of the Internet community during Board discussions.
> *Board proposal:*
> ARIN should add three more elected voting seats to the Board of 
> Trustees, raising the current six (two elected per year) to nine 
> (three elected per year). New Board seats are to be added to the Board 
> in a phased manner – one per year in the 2018 thru 2020 elections as 
> noted below
>     * October 2018: 3 Board members will be elected for 2019; 8 
> Trustee board (9 if the appointed seat is used)
>     * October 2019: 3 Board members will be elected for 2020; 9 
> Trustee board (10 if the appointed seat is used)
>     * October 2020: 3 Board members will be elected for 2021; 10 
> Trustee board (11 if the appointed seat is used)
> We are seeking community feedback on this proposed change to the size 
> of the ARIN Board of Trustees. This consultation will remain open for 
> at least 30 days.
> Please provide comments to arin-consult at arin.net.
> Discussion on arin-consult at arin.net will close on 14 May 2018.
> If you have any questions, please contact us at info at arin.net.
> Regards,
> John Curran
> President and CEO
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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