[arin-ppml] fee structure
jcurran at arin.net
Fri Mar 29 12:45:06 EDT 2013
On Mar 29, 2013, at 11:38 AM, Scott Leibrand <scottleibrand at gmail.com>
> Have you (or has the board) considered other methods of identifying those who have demonstrated an interest in participating? For example, any resource holder who has sent someone to an ARIN meeting and then applies for membership has IMO demonstrated such an interest.
Anyone who has applied for membership has demonstrated interest.
Consider for a moment that ARIN members have increased say (by
participation in the election process) in ARIN costs and fees,
and with this should come some responsibility for financial
If we consider for a moment ARIN costs, as broken down into
the various program areas, rather than departmental budgets -
(I'm going to use the 1&2Q 2011 numbers, since that is the
last functional cost breakdown exercise that we performed)
Expenses through January through August 2011 -
Program Area Program Exp. (% of Total)
------------ ------------ ----------
Registry Service $ 2,946,836 (31.69 %)
Registry Development $ 4,641,148 (49.91 %)
ARIN Organization $ 602,854 ( 6.48 %)
Internet Governance $ 1,108,217 (11.92 %)
Would it not be appropriate that an organization that wishes
to participate as a member pay its share of ARIN costs which
are currently borne by the remaining ~4100 members? We set
aside registry services and registry development, on the
assumption those are covered by the ISP and end-user fees.
However, a party getting in an equal vote in ARIN's governance
should see an equal share the ARIN's organizational costs (i.e.
elections, Board travel, legal, insurance, senior executive) and
one could easily argue that ARIN's extensive Internet Governance
outreach should also be included (as any entity supporting ARIN's
mission would understand)
If one considers just those categories, a party interested having
an equal vote in guiding ARIN's mission should cover their portion
of ARIN's costs, which based on the above percentages and current
year budget would either be ~$250/year (just ARIN organizational)
or $700/year (ARIN organization costs and Internet Governance costs),
depending on one's perspective.
I will bring this topic to the Board to review and consider what
value is most appropriate, noting that the present membership fee
of $500/year lies between the non-registry components of our costs
when considered on a per member-basis.
President and CEO
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