[ARIN-consult] Consultation on ARIN Fees

Richard Laager rlaager at wiktel.com
Sat Apr 10 03:23:07 EDT 2021

On 4/9/21 3:38 PM, ARIN wrote:
> Transitioning Legacy resource holders from annual per-resource
> maintenance fees to the RSP Fee Schedule while maintaining the annual
> cap of total maintenance fees (which will increase $25 per year)
Hypothetically, if all legacy resource holders were on the standard fee 
schedule now, how much more revenue would be raised?

If that would raise another x%, then (for a fixed revenue need, to meet 
ARIN costs) non-legacy holders are paying x% more to subsidize legacy 
resource holders. It's actually more than that, since here "legacy 
resource holders" means those that have signed an LRSA and pay, and 
excludes those that have not and do not.

On the other hand, perhaps these days a lot of legacy resource holders 
also have IPv6 under an RSA and are already paying based on the fee 

If the difference is a trivial number, then there's no need to stand on 
principle. If it's material, then 300 years is technically better than 
infinity, but I'd like to see ARIN harmonize the fee schedules much 
faster. Perhaps ~10 years, implemented like this (per entity):

$last_year + ($standard - $last_year) / $years_left

# no change for 2022
  125 + (8000 - 125)  / 9 = 1000
1000 + (8000 - 1000) / 8 = 1875
1875 + (8000 - 1875) / 7 = 2750
7125 + (8000 - 7125) / 1 = 8000

That algorithm will harmonize over a fixed time period, regardless of 
the current or future tier that a given legacy resource holder falls 
into or the fee schedule changes that occur along the way.

However, if $25/year is a contractual maximum increase in some older 
LRSAs, then it can't be sped up for those legacy resource holders. From 
Owen's response, it seems like it was.

On 4/10/21 1:11 AM, Owen DeLong wrote:
 > an ISP that goes more than a month or two without any required updates
 > would be quite a surprise.

In my (direct and indirect) experience, small ISPs do not interact with 
ARIN on anywhere near a monthly basis.


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