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

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Fri Jan 24 08:58:36 EST 2014

There are places that have predictable elections. I do not think that is what we want.


On Jan 23, 2014, at 10:45 AM, Steven Ryerse <SRyerse at eclipse-networks.com> wrote:

> I stand corrected on the Board of Trustees.  We certainly agree but of course one never knows what the results of an election might be. 
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> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of Stephen Sprunk
> Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:33 PM
> To: arin-ppml at arin.net
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] NRPM Policies 4.6 and 4.7 Suspended by ARIN Board
> On 23-Jan-14 09:59, Steven Ryerse wrote:
> 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). 
> Nit: Board of Trustees, not Directors.
> The Board members are part of the community, and one of their responsibilities is to take action on behalf of the community when there is an urgent problem--and then hand it back to the rest of us for a more complete response as soon as circumstances permit.  We entrust them with rather expansive authority because it's necessary to fulfill that responsibility.
> 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. 
> ARIN Staff is obligated to follow whatever policies the ARIN Board adopts, and Staff's role in the policy-making process is limited to advice and facilitation.
> You are correct that the ARIN Board isn't obligated to listen to input; if they had a record of abusing their discretion, though, it would be our responsibility to replace them.
> S
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