[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2017-8: Amend the definition of Community Network

Whitestone IT admin at wsfnet.org
Wed Aug 23 14:07:51 EDT 2017


I support the new NRPM text. Improving the NRPM to align with reality is
good.

I've built and operated community networks since 1998 and prior, and I was
and am directly affected by this policy.

We have found that a strictly volunteer-only policy is unsustainable.


On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 8:39 AM, ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:

> On 17 August 2017 the ARIN Advisory Council (AC) advanced "ARIN-prop-243:
> Amend the Definition of Community Network" to Draft Policy status.
>
> Draft Policy ARIN-2017-8 is below and can be found at:
> https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2017_8.html
>
> You are encouraged to discuss all Draft Policies on PPML. The AC will
> evaluate the discussion in order to assess the conformance of this draft
> policy with ARIN's Principles of Internet number resource policy as stated
> in the Policy Development Process (PDP). Specifically, these principles are:
>
> * Enabling Fair and Impartial Number Resource Administration
> * Technically Sound
> * Supported by the Community
>
> The PDP can be found at:
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>
> Draft Policies and Proposals under discussion can be found at:
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>
> Regards,
>
> Sean Hopkins
> Policy Analyst
> American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
>
>
>
> Draft Policy ARIN-2017-8: Amend the Definition of Community Network
>
> Problem Statement:
>
> The Community Networks section of the NRPM has not been used since
> implementation in January 2010. Proposal ARIN-2016-7, to increase the
> number of use cases, was abandoned by the Advisory Council due to lack of
> feedback. Proposal ARIN 2017-2, to remove all mention of community networks
> from NRPM was met with opposition by the community. Many responded that the
> definition of “community network” was too narrow, which could be the reason
> for lack of uptake.
>
> Policy statement:
>
> CURRENT NRPM TEXT:
>
> “2.11. Community Network
>
> A community network is any network organized and operated by a volunteer
> group operating as or under the fiscal support of a nonprofit organization
> or university for the purpose of providing free or low-cost connectivity to
> the residents of their local service area. To be treated as a community
> network under ARIN policy, the applicant must certify to ARIN that the
> community network staff is 100% volunteers.”
>
> NEW NRPM TEXT:
>
> “2.11 Community Network
>
> A community network is a network organized and operated by a volunteer
> group, not-for-profit, non-profit, charitable organization, or
> post-secondary institution for the purpose of providing free or low-cost
> connectivity to residents in their service area. Critical functions may be
> handled by paid staff, but volunteers play a large role in offering
> services available through community networks.”
>
> Comments:
>
> Timetable for implementation: Immediate
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Jeremy Austin
IT Administrator
Whitestone, Alaska
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