[arin-ppml] Revised - Draft Policy ARIN-2020-8: Clarify and Update Annual Renewal Fee

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Sat Jan 16 21:14:16 EST 2021

On 16 Jan 2021, at 8:37 PM, Fernando Frediani <fhfrediani at gmail.com<mailto:fhfrediani at gmail.com>> wrote:

I am sure we are talking about the same thing David.

The authority to establish the rules in which resources are allocated and revoked is a prerogative from this forum (which includes members and non-members), as in any other RIR. The PDP guarantees the Board the ultimate authority to adopt a new policies in order to make sure it is in line with all legal and operational aspects of the RIR system.
The authority to establish fee structure, operational procedures, etc is a prerogative from the Board and Staff.

Fernando –

Given the widespread nature of this forum, I am obligated to correct misinformation regarding the nature of ARIN whenever it is posted here.  Your statements above regarding ARIN’s authority are not correct, and I thought it best if I take a moment to provide ARIN’s authority in succinct format so that we may all move on to discussing the merits and concerns with the particular policy proposal under discussion –

Per ARIN’s Articles of Incorporation and accompanying Bylaws, ARIN is a membership organization.
The membership provides ARIN its authority by election of our Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees holds ARIN's authority, and exercises that authority to further the purposes of the organization.

The ARIN members also elect an Advisory Council (ARIN AC), which advises the Board of Trustees on number resource policy matters.   The Board of Trustees has adopted a Policy Development Process, which directs the ARIN AC to work with the community, including via this forum, to develop worthwhile policy proposals.   The PDP does not provide any authority to the Board, but rather the converse - the PDP is binding upon those who participate in our policy development process because it was adopted by the ARIN Board of Trustees.  The ARIN PDP specifies a role for the community in the policy development process, but "the community” (if defined as being the diffuse group of participants in this forum) do not hold or provide ARIN with its authority.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

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