[arin-ppml] Future pressures on the ARIN policy process (Was: Use of "reserved" address space)

Keith W. Hare Keith at jcc.com
Thu Jul 1 13:39:38 EDT 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On
> Behalf Of William Herrin
> Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:18 AM
> To: John Curran
> Cc: arin-ppml at arin.net
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Future pressures on the ARIN policy process
> (Was: Use of "reserved" address space)
> On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 6:21 AM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net> wrote:
> > I have the statistics from the time of the membership change
> > (Dec 2009) and can provide those numbers to help clarify:
> >
> >   Approximately 3450 Members who were ISPs
> >
> >   Approximately   20 Members who were End-Users (with an additional
> >                      1440 End-User organizations with RSA who have
> >                      had not opted for membership at that time)
> Putting these numbers in perspective:
> 3450 non-trivial ISPs in the ARIN region, all eligible to vote on who
> sits on the AC or board
> 20 non-ISPs in the ARIN region eligible to vote on who sites on the AC
> or board.
> Unknown number of organizations with non-trivial address holdings (/27
> or larger). either directly from ARIN or via their ISP in the ARIN
> region  Lower bound likely to be at least 100,000.
> Non-ISP interests represented during board and AC elections: fraction
> of a percent and not a large fraction.

>From what I've seen in the last couple of years, there are multiple ISP interests. Some of these interests coincide with my interests as a non-ISP. Some of the interests are so arcane as to be uninteresting.

> Board power over ARIN policy: few real limits that aren't self-imposed
> (hence changeable should we ever fail to elect an "enlightened" board)
> 1736 votes maximum needed to to replace the board @ $500 each would
> cost $868k if ARIN didn't tie membership to orgs directly holding
> resources.

Your math does not hold up. For every additional voting organization, the number to achieve a majority increases by an average of .5.

> Annual dollar value of favorable policy to the transit-free ISPs in
> the ARIN region: unknown but surely growing more significant with v4
> address exhaustion.

I'm skeptical that it is possible to construct a policy that would vastly favor one group of ARIN participants without greatly impacting another group of ARIN participants.

So, why the concern about non-ISP ARIN voters?

Keith Hare

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