[ARIN-consult] [arin-announce] ACSP Consultation 2021.5: Consultation on ARIN’s Membership Structure

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Fri Oct 29 15:09:24 EDT 2021

Andrew -

Yes we can do outreach (and even provide a reminder and link in ARIN Online.)

As for just filling out your voting contact and clicking “ok”, we can do something along those lines but probably need to be somewhat more circumspect detailing in the consequences of proceeding -

For example - “Your organization will be listed publicly on the ARIN general member list and in any list of eligible voters for ARIN elections.”  One of these is required by VA Non-stock corporation act and doesn’t strictly need to be mentioned, but the other (while perhaps obvious) should be clear that it is a consent being provided by applying for general membership.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

On Oct 29, 2021, at 2:32 PM, Andrew Dul <andrew.dul at quark.net> wrote:

On 10/29/2021 3:26 AM, John Curran wrote:

As we’ve discovered in the past, there’s many organizations that simply wish to receive ARIN services and not be bothered with the various aspects of ARIN governance such as nominations, elections and petitions.

Any service member that wishes to participate in ARIN governance can readily do but does pick up a rather light obligation to vote at least once every three years to maintain that right – and an organization that fails to do so only loses that right to be a general member for the coming year.

If an organization wishes to participate an upcoming election, it simply needs to opt into general membership (including assigning a voting contact) before the list of eligible voters for the election is set – this happens approximately 45 days before the election (and is an existing requirement today or those who wish to support a petition; one must be an eligible voter for the election in order to participate in the petition process.)

Given that ARIN is giving all the end-users membership in 2022. Does ARIN plan to do an outreach to educate the end-users about the options available to them now as general members?  It only seems reasonable to me that ARIN do that so that old-end-users now new-service-members know they have the free right and option to vote and otherwise participate as general members.

Which is to say, I guess I'm ok with the conversion, and that by default end-user-orgs are put into the service-member category, but we should at least explain to them all this and let them easily decide and provide easy directions for them to become general members.  Something like, login to ARIN online, click this button, fill out who the voting contact will be.  Hit OK!



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