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

John Curran jcurran at arin.net
Sun Jan 17 08:16:32 EST 2021

Michael -

	Per its Bylaws, ARIN is obligated to "utilize an open, transparent multi-stakeholder process for registry policy development.”

	As such, the ARIN Policy Development Process (PDP) is more than advisory, it fulfill an organizational obligation that there be a clearly documented process that is followed in a open & transparent manner.

	In practice this would mean that the Board would have to change the ARIN PDP if it ever felt it necessary to proceed outside of the currently adopted process.  The Board has the power to do so, but is unlikely to undertake that sort of activity capriciously given that the Bylaws also provide the ARIN membership with the ability to remove Board members.

Best wishes,

John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers

> On 17 Jan 2021, at 7:48 AM, Michael B. Williams <Michael.Williams at glexia.com> wrote:
> Hi John,
> Just to be clear though my understanding is that despite the PDP being in place and the board principally following the process, there is no requirement to do so. The board could decide for any reason to implement or change a policy even if it was not an emergency situation or warrant an urgent need. I just think this needs to be made clear to the community that the PDP is a process used to help inform the boards decision making and is non-binding. While the board generally adheres to the recommendations they are able to institute any policy, reject any policy, or decide that today they did not feel like using the PDP simply because they did not want to.
> Regards,
> Michael
> On Sun, Jan 17, 2021 at 23:33 John Curran <jcurran at arin.net <mailto:jcurran at arin.net>> wrote:
> On 17 Jan 2021, at 4:16 AM, Michael B. Williams <Michael.Williams at glexia.com <mailto:Michael.Williams at glexia.com>> wrote:
> >
> > Fernando -
> >
> > I don’t believe this is correct. The board, from my reading, is able to make and adopt without any other input or approval from anyone else any policy they deem appropriate fair and fit for internet number and resource allocation.
> >
> > John Curran - please correct me if I’m wrong here but the board could make and adopt policies without any community input or consideration if it so desired. Just because the board chooses to, as a general matter of principle, does not make this binding
> Michael -
> You are correct - the ARIN Board can make (or suspend) policy without any input or approval if need be, but the Board has adopted the ARIN Policy Development Process that reserves such acts for emergency situations.   Accountability to the ARIN community is maintained via the ARIN members collective power to elect and remove Board members.
> Best wishes,
> /John
> John Curran
> President and CEO
> American Registry for Internet Numbers
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