[arin-ppml] What is Open-IX and why does it matter? Was: Re: What the heck is OIX? (was RE: Draft Policy ARIN-2014-21: Modification to CI Pool Size per Section 4.4)

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Fri Dec 26 20:25:59 EST 2014

On Dec 26, 2014, at 7:14 PM, Martin Hannigan <hannigan at gmail.com<mailto:hannigan at gmail.com>> wrote:
On Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM, John Curran <jcurran at arin.net<mailto:jcurran at arin.net>> wrote:
On Dec 26, 2014, at 2:29 PM, Martin Hannigan <hannigan at gmail.com<mailto:hannigan at gmail.com>> wrote:
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    We’ve had this question arise in the past with other trade organizations,
    and have been consistent in its application, whether with regard to address
    policy for individual sectors of ARIN’s region or individual technologies such
    as hosting and wireless.   Please feel free to share any recommendations
    from the OIX community that might be germane to address policy, but it is
    also advisable for those who wish to actually participate in the ARIN policy
    development process to do so on the PPML mailing list.

Many that are part of the OIX community have already stated their aversion to joining the noise heavy mailing list in order to comment once or twice a year.

Perfectly understandable, and it is fair to suppose that much of the ongoing
address policy development efforts may not be of direct interest to the OIX

As far as trade association inter communications, do you have a written guidance on this supported by the Board?

The ARIN Policy Development Process (PDP) is adopted by the ARIN Board.
<https://www.arin.net/policy/pdp.html>  The PDP contains the following
provisions for input -

"Policy discussions in the ARIN region are conducted on the Public Policy Mail List (PPML) and via Public Policy Consultation (PPC). There are no requirements for participation other than adherence to the guidelines of behavior and decorum, and anyone interested in following the process may subscribe to the PPML or may participate without charge in Public Policy Consultations via in person or remote participation methods.”

It would be good to clarify exactly how trade organizations should provide input to "ARIN" on behalf of their members and if that will not be valid - in writing. It would likely help to make the case to consider participating in other ways where there is [currently] aversion.

Trade associations can expression views via the PPML mailing list or the Public
Policy Consultations (which take place at ARIN and NANOG meetings).  These
views are considered on their merits, just as any other position posted to PPML
or raised during the Public Policy consultation.

In the majority of cases, a well-reasoned statement from a trade association is
rather likely to influence the development of relevant address policy.  If this does
not turn out to be the case, then I would again recommend that the individual trade
association members take a moment to express their views on the PPML mailing
list. I do recognize that such participation takes a modest level of effort, but it is a
fair and reasonable request if that input is going to be used as the basis for policy.


John Curran
President and CEO

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