[ARIN-consult] [arin-announce] Consultation on ARIN Fees

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Thu Apr 15 07:04:33 EDT 2021

On 15 Apr 2021, at 4:40 AM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com<mailto:owen at delong.com>> wrote:
We can agree to disagree…

Indeed - I suspect that will be the case in this circumstance.

I don’t see why it is impossible to send organizations that are facing an increase of more than $10,000 if the current plan is adopted a notice that says “We are considering doing this to you… If you wish to discuss the matter before it is fait accompli, here is how you can participate in the discussion.”

It is not impossible – clearly since we already sent these organizations (and many others) a notice which says "We are consulting with the community regarding changes to the ARIN Fee Schedule that are intended for implementation in January of 2022 …  Please view the proposed 2022 Fee Schedule at: https://www.arin.net/resources/fees/fee_schedule/2022_fee_schedule/"

We could send these organizations a more specific notification calling for them to get involved – or equally we could send just the 3200 organizations whose fees will be going down a notice that "now is the time for them to get involved!"...    Alas, neither is appropriate behavior if we’re to have an open and transparent community consultation about the fee change.

The ability of the Internet community to govern its own registry organization (via a member-elected board and open community consultations) is a huge benefit over many other potential structures, but it comes with a cost – the portion of the community that makes the effort to read the notices and get involved do have an outsized role in shaping ARIN’s future compared to those who choose otherwise.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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