[arin-ppml] fee structure
jcurran at arin.net
Sat Mar 30 23:18:14 EDT 2013
On Mar 30, 2013, at 10:25 PM, Milton L Mueller <mueller at syr.edu> wrote:
> [Milton L Mueller] So the end user membership fee is intended to be a payment of "earnest money" to prove that they are really interested?
No, it is to provide equitable engagement for all those participating
in the ARIN corporate governance matters.
> Is the fear that without this speed bump end user members will become "rotten boroughs" whose votes are manipulated by others (who?).
No, it is not a "speed bump" but simply a choice available to end-users;
having an equal voice includes taking on some equal responsibility.
> Is there a concern that some little organization with a /24 has the same voting power as an ISP with 2 /8s? Should voting power reflect "share" holding the way it does in stock ownership? Just some random thoughts...
Random thoughts indeed; I almost didn't know if they even warranted
reply, but have done so for clarity.
The idea was to keep the end-user fees at low and simple as possible
(for end-users that simply want maintenance of ARIN registry services.)
The result is that end-user fees add up to a fraction of the registry
costs compared to the ISPs (approximately $970K/year compared to $11.3M
per year, for approximately the same number of organizations), whereas
including the recovery of ARIN's non-registry costs would have raised
all end-user fees significantly and regardless of whether they wished
to be a member or not.
Membership provides an equal vote to every member, yet ISPs pay on
average $2500/year to ARIN. Asking end-users to pay that same amount
in order to be a member with equal vote would likely be considered
unreasonable by many, but a contribution similar to the the _smallest_
ISPs provides for comparable standing for all those who participate
with the same say in ARIN corporate governance matters.
President and CEO
 ARIN Dallas Revised Fee Presentation with referenced numbers, page 14
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