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ARIN VIII Members Meeting Minutes - Miami, Florida - 31 October 2001

Minutes of the Members Meeting

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Ray Plzak, ARIN President, called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. He welcomed all those in attendance, made several announcements, and reviewed the agenda, which was adopted without change.

Online Voting System

Susan Hamlin gave a description of ARIN's online voting system and provided details of the upcoming Board of Trustees and Advisory Council elections.

BOT Candidate Speeches

The following candidates were present at the meeting and gave speeches:

  • Ted Hardie
  • Lee Howard
  • David Huberman
  • Bill Manning
  • Mark McFadden
  • Michael H. Straty

The following candidates were not present and summaries of their biographies were projected on the screen for audience viewing.

  • Trent R. Hein
  • Patrick Sweeney

Board of Trustees Report

John Curran, Chairman, provided an update of the ARIN Board of Trustees activities. He described the one activity that the Board had been charged with at the last Members meeting -- reviewing the ARIN fee structure.

John explained that ARIN has been doing well financially, and that there was concern expressed that it may be doing too well. He pointed out that ARIN has now built a one year reserve and is continuing to take in more revenues than expenses. In the coming year ARIN will have approximately 6.2 million in expenses, but an estimated 9 million in revenues.

Reiterating the charge that was given to the Board by the Members at the last meeting, the Board will continue to improve and expand services, and in addition they have decided to modify the current ARIN fee structure.

During its July meeting, the Board decided there will be no change to the fee structure for new IP address space subscriptions, however, they agreed to a 10% reduction in anniversary subscription renewals across the board. It was noted that this change is not dramatic, but that it brings revenues closer in line with the budget. The Membership was cautioned to recognize that ARIN is still a young organization and that fee changes need to be considered carefully and conservatively.

Question: Does the fee structure change impact IPv6 registrations?

Answer: Not at this time. The new changes impact IPv4 registrations only.

Question: How was the 10% figure decided upon?

Answer: The Membership asked us to be conservative in our approach to reducing fees. We looked at figures as high as 25-50%, but felt it was not prudent. We would rather do this slowly, to get revenues in line, and leave more room for adjustment to industry changes.

Member Comment: I am glad to see this done, it is appropriate for our not-for-profit status.

Question: When will the new fees take affect?

Answer: January 1, 2002 (new fiscal year).

ARIN AC Candidate Speeches

The following candidates were present at the meeting and gave speeches:

  • Lyric Apted
  • Sanford George
  • Dawn Martin
  • Trevor Paquette
  • Jim Pickrell
  • Ron da Silva
  • Cathy Wittbrodt

The following candidates were not present and summaries of their biographies were projected on the screen for audience viewing.

  • John M. Brown
  • Bob German
  • Charles Smith

Advisory Council Report

Alec Peterson, the ARIN AC Chair, reported on the activities of the AC. He reported that the AC had a meeting on Tuesday evening following the public policy meeting to discuss all of the policy proposals. The AC will actively follow-up on the seven policy proposals and make a final call for comment to the mailing lists and forward recommendations to the Board, as appropriate.

ARIN Department Reports

The ARIN Directors were present to report on the activities of their respective departments. The reports are provided below.

Registration Services Update
- Leslie Nobile

Engineering Update
- Cathy Murphy for Ginny Listman

Member Services Update
- Susan Hamlin

Administration Department Update
- Mary K. Lee

Business Department Update
- Bob Stratton

ARIN Financial Report

ARIN's Treasurer, Michael Straty, provided an update on ARIN's finances.

Open Microphone

Members were given the opportunity to ask questions or initiate discussion on any issue not already covered by the agenda. There were no comments made during this open microphone session.