Lightly used IP addresses
jcurran at arin.net
Mon Aug 16 06:02:58 CDT 2010
On Aug 15, 2010, at 11:31 PM, Jeffrey Lyon wrote:
> Would the policy process be an appropriate venue for a proposition to
> change the ARIN mission, restricting it's activities exclusively to
> registration services while requiring a reduction in fees and budget?
Some historical perspective: ARIN not raised fees to my knowledge,
but has actually lowered them 4 or 5 times over its 12 year history.
ARIN's mission is set by the Board of Trustees, and lies within
the purposes of the articles of incorporation of ARIN. I'll note
that the articles encompass remarkable breadth, so the setting the
mission turns out to be fairly important to keep ARIN focused
appropriately. We have added initiatives in the past (e.g. this
years extensive education and outreach regarding IPv4/IPv6) based
on input received (predominantly at the Public Policy and Members
meeting) and can remove them just as easily, but setting mission
does not lie per se within the Policy process; it is a Board
function to review and update the mission periodically.
(Two minor notes: if you want an *ongoing* restraint on mission
scope, it would really need be placed by the Board into the Bylaws
with an significant hurdle precluding future revision, and should
have some specificity, e.g. "exclusively registration services"
could easily be read as either including or excluding abuse/fraud
investigation, depending on the particular reader's inclination)
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