Lightly used IP addresses

Jeffrey Lyon jeffrey.lyon at
Mon Aug 16 12:01:07 UTC 2010


That was just the elevator speech, I wouldn't go off and write an
entire proposal without a better understanding on how the community at
large feels about the issue and exactly where the boundary would be
drawn. My intent was not primarily cost, the registration fees are
indeed low. I was just musing that limiting scope would have the
ripple effect of reducing budget and thus putting more money in the
hands of operators.

It would be like a stimulus that doesn't cost any tax payer money ;).

Best regards, Jeff

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 3:32 PM, John Curran <jcurran at> wrote:
> 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?
> Jeffrey -
>  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)
> /John
> John Curran
> President and CEO

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