(Fwd) FW: Urgent! AOP Alert 97:03
snowdog at charm.net
Thu Jan 16 09:45:43 UTC 1997
This sounds quite ridiculous to me. And I hope I am not the only one
that thinks so.
snowdog at charm.net
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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 97 12:51:47 UT
From: "Chip Alexander" <Chip_MSN at msn.com>
To: snowdog at charm.net
Subject: FW: Urgent! AOP Alert 97:03
Have you seen this yet?
From: aop at cris.com
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 1997 5:15 PM
To: AOP Members
Subject: Urgent! AOP Alert 97:03
AOP Alert Wednesday, January 15, 1997
The following is a legislative alert from the Association of Online
Professionals, the leading association of Internet Service Providers and other
professionals who manage online services.
Please give it the widest possible distribution:
AOP Opposes Network Solutions ARIN Proposal
This week, Network Solutions, Inc. proposed the formation of a new entity that
would charge ISPs from $2,500 to $20,000 per year for registration of Internet
IP addresses. This fee would be in addition to fees already charged for
registration of domain names.
Under the proposal, an American Registry for Internet Numbers would be created
as a non-profit entity to collect the fees and assign the addresses. The new
entity would replace the government- sponsored InterNIC IP group. Companies
who wish to participate in policy-making as members of the group would pay an
additional $1,000 per year.
Information regarding the proposal may be found at
The Association of Online Professionals has serious concerns about the
proposal, and urges all North American Internet service providers and their
subscribers to oppose the measure until these concerns are addressed:
** There is no indication in the proposal as to why the fees are
** The proposed non-profit has no published goals, mission or other
information beyond its structure and fees.
** The fee structure will cost the industry millions of dollars,
yet there is no information as to how the money will be spent or how it will
benefit the Internet.
** The assertions that the fees would not affect subscribers are
incorrect, as these fees would have to be passed on to consumers.
** The assertions that ISPs can afford the fees as a cost of
doing business reflects a poor understanding of the current economics of
Internet access services. The proposed fee structure would have a devastating
effect on small ISPs as well as non-profit, hobbyist and public access
** It is unclear under what authority Network Solutions would impose
the fees. The Internet exists as a public resource, and as such should not be
subjected to the arbitrary control of any small group of individuals or
AOP has generally supported efforts to bring organization and structure to the
Internet, including the imposition of fees to cover the cost of assigning and
maintaining domain names.
However, AOP cannot support the current proposal until more information is
provided and a meaningful dialogue established to ensure that the proposal is
more than an attempt to wrest control of the Internet for a select group of
Please do the following immediately:
1) Contact InterNIC with a request that the proposal not be implemented.
Send the comments to naipr at internic.net.
2) Urge your subscribers and business associates to reject the proposal.
AOP will make every effort to obtain answers to the questions raised, and will
strive for meaningful conversations with Network Solutions on these issues.
If you have comments that would help us build a consensus for these
discussions, please direct them to exec at aop.org.
Dave McClure (703) 924-9692 (703) 924-9594 Fax
Executive Director (703) 264-1750 BBS Telnet aop.org
Assn of Online Professionals http://www.aop.org info at aop.org
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