[arin-ppml] NRPM Policies 4.6 and 4.7 Suspended by ARIN Board

Morizot Timothy S Timothy.S.Morizot at irs.gov
Thu Jan 23 11:28:32 EST 2014

Actually, since the Board is elected by the community and its members are not ARIN employees, it seems to me that their actions in suspending policy represent an extension of the ARIN community’s self-governance. The board is, ultimately, accountable to those of us who elected them. John and other staff at ARIN do not, I believe, have any authority to suspend or alter policy themselves. So John’s statements that ARIN’s role is to implement and facilitate community-based self-governance are not deflated at all by this action. The activities of the AC and the Board are an integral part of that self-governance by the community.

At least, that’s how it seems to me. (And I haven’t had time yet to read the policies the board suspended, so I don’t have any substantive comment on the action.)


From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of Steven Ryerse
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:59 AM
To: John Curran; Jimmy Hess
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Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] NRPM Policies 4.6 and 4.7 Suspended by ARIN Board

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that this is a glaring example of where the ARIN Board of Directors is acting to make a policy change without consulting this community before taking action concerning the policy(s).  I am not commenting here about the pros or cons of changing these particular policies.

I wish to point out that I definitely do think the board has the power to suspend these policies or any other policy.  If the Board thinks this is important then they should act - as that is the role of the Board of Directors.

I would also point out that this action by the ARIN Board pretty much deflates the argument that ARIN’s role is only to implement and facilitate community-based Internet self-governance that I’ve seen argued in this forum and in the press by John Curran and others.  It is to the ARIN Board & Management’s credit that they do solicit this community’s input on most policy changes.  However, I think it is important that this community fully understand that they have chosen to solicit input on policy decisions but are not required to follow it.

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