NOW CLOSED - Consultation on Approaches for Adjusting the ARIN Registration Plan Fee Schedule

Posted: Monday, 13 May 2024

From 3 April to 3 May 2024, ARIN held a consultation seeking feedback from the community regarding potential methods to adjust ARIN’s Registration Services Plan Fee Schedule to maintain a balanced alignment between operating costs and revenue, ensuring equitable cost recovery across its diverse community.

Given the ongoing nature of these expenses, and in pursuit of a sustainable fiscal strategy, the ARIN Board of Trustees asked for community input on two distinct approaches for future fee adjustments:

  • Continue with the current practice of periodically reviewing the alignment between annual revenue and operating costs, and institute any necessary adjustments following community consultation.
  • Introduce a structured approach to fee adjustments, allowing for an annual increase of no more than 5%, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. This strategy aims to offer a predictable and manageable escalation in fees, aligning more closely with the budget planning processes of many organizations within our community.

ARIN would like to thank the community members who provided feedback and asked questions over the consultation period. There was support for moving to the annual structured approach for fee adjustments, but no overall consensus emerged in the discussion about which approach was best. During the discussion there were several additional points raised which will be considered by the Board of Trustees in determining the path forward, including: 

  • Defining the timing for the announcement of any annual increase to fees to aid in organizations with their budgeting.
  • Identifying if an index should be utilized in determining the increase in any given year.

ARIN thanks those who provided valuable feedback on this consultation. We rely on this input from our members and community to help steer the organization as we continue our mission supporting the operation and growth of the Internet.


John Curran
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)