[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2008-4 - Staff Assessment

Bill Darte BillD at cait.wustl.edu
Fri Oct 10 13:20:04 EDT 2008

Personally, I have no problem with your conclusion that a more
generalized proposal should emerge.

Given that, the central issue is that the proposal should change scope.
And, it has two possible solutions in time.
1. We can support the existing proposal and have two successful examples
(hopefully), that being the African community support and then the
Caribbean....and then introduce another more generalized proposal.
Or 2. we can abandon the existing proposal because it is not general
enough and propose the more general.

I see little service in later, compared to the former.

Bill Darte

> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Policy Proposal 2008-4 - Staff Assessment
> On 10 Oct 2008 Bill Darte wrote:
> > David,
> > 
> > ARIN did not initiate the proposed change for the Caribbean sector.
> >
> > My first experience with issues surrounding this proposal was in a 
> > pre-sector meeting in St. Thomas February of '07.
> > 
> > There, many representatives of the Caribbean community voiced a 
> > variety of concerns related to limited infrastructure, lack of 
> > competition  due to powerful and protected imcumbency, etc.  They 
> > learned much about ARIN and learned more during the whole region 
> > meeting in Puerto Rico the following Spring at ARIN XIX.
> > 
> > Cathy and Paul may correct me, but I believe the impetus for the 
> > actual writing of the proposal came during Open Policy Hour at ARIN 
> > XXI in Denver.  There, Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the 
> > Caribbean Telecommunications Union spoke about the need for 
> change and 
> > support with addressing policy.
> >
> > Cathy and Paul responded by crafting a draft proposal very shortly 
> > thereafter.
> >
> Yes, I remember I was there and I raised the very issue I'm 
> raising now.  
> Why exclude the other small stuff by defining this with a 
> scope limited to the Caribbean.  I even went back a review 
> the Quicktime of the Open Policy Hour from Denver, because I 
> honestly couldn't remember if I only thought about raising 
> the issue or if I actually did. 
> I'm going to have to stick with the courage of my convictions 
> on this one, I simply cannot support this policy if it is 
> limited to the Caribbean.  It has to include all of the 
> smaller economies in the ARIN Region.  In my view the valid 
> issue here is that the smaller economies simply can't meet 
> ARIN's current requirements, which are mostly based on what 
> is workable for the US and Canada, but that issue doesn't 
> have a Caribbean box around it.
> I also, think it is completely wrong for ARIN to lower the 
> standards for the US and Canada, it mostly works here.  To 
> that end, I'm going the completely withdraw the idea that the 
> Arctic regions of the US and Canada are even part, or could 
> even be part of this issue.  The economies of US and Canada 
> are large enough to solve Arctic regions on their own.  
> This discussion and reviewing the Open Policy Hour Quicktime 
> from Denver, has help me to come to the conclusion that the 
> proper scope of this issues and maybe even the proper title 
> is "Small Economies within the ARIN Region"  
> The issue here isn't a geographical region, "it's the 
> economy, stupid." (it never cease to amaze me how many places 
> that is a valid quote for :)) By scooping it by economy, we 
> deal with population, infrastructure, and remoteness, etc... 
> as they all play a role in an economy. 
> I'll grant that primary effect of this policy will be in the 
> Caribbean, they are probably the "Small Economies" that are 
> even big enough and advanced enough to actually have the 
> issue currently, but that doesn't make it right to exclude 
> the other "Small Economies" from this policy.  
> So, I support this important policy, iff (if an only if) it 
> includes all the smaller economies in the ARIN Region.
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