ARIN-prop-291: Clarify and Update 4.2.1.2 Annual Renewal Fee

Proposal Originator: Anita Nikolich, Alyssa Moore, Allison Wood, Chris Woodfield - ARIN Policy Experience Report Working Group

Problem Statement:

The January 2020 Policy Experience Report highlighted that the existing language in Section 4.2.1.2 “Annual Renewal” references fees. Fees are not considered a member qualification criteria. Since fees aren’t referenced elsewhere in community policy, the wording was reviewed by the PEG.

Policy Statement:

Given that the Registration Services Agreement (RSA) already contains language regarding fees, the PEG recommends removing the last two sentences referencing from Section 4.2.1.2. The intent of the current wording is accomplished by the existing RSA.

Current Policy (12 Aug 2020)

4.2.1.2. Annual Renewal

An annual fee for registered space is due by the anniversary date of the ISP’s first allocation from ARIN. ISPs should take care to ensure that their annual renewal payment is made by their anniversary due date in accordance with the Registration Services Agreement. If not paid by the anniversary date, the address space may be revoked. Please review the Annual Renewal/Maintenance Fees Page for more details.

Proposed Policy

4.2.1.2. Annual Renewal

An annual fee for registered space is due by the anniversary date of the ISP’s first allocation from ARIN. ISPs should take care to ensure that their annual renewal payment is made by their anniversary due date in accordance with the Registration Services Agreement.

Timetable for Implementation: Immediate

Comments:

The AC’s understanding is that community policy should not include language referring to fees, as such language is already present in the Registration Services Agreement (RSA). Registration Services has informed us that “Section 4.2.1.2. contains language detailing fee due dates, encouraging on-time payments, and mentions potential revocations. It also contains a reference to web documentation that has evolved significantly since this policy was implemented, and may continue to do so. Essentially the entire section is made of language that is already in the Registration Services Agreement, and is generally fee-focused, making it outside normal scope for Internet number resource policy.”