Board Meeting:

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


  • Vint Cerf, Chair

  • Paul Andersen,Treasure/ Vice Chair

  • John Curran, President & CEO

  • Timothy Denton, Secretary
  • Aaron Hughes, Trustee

  • Bill Sandiford, Trustee
  • Bill Woodcock, Trustee

Note Taker:

  • Thérèse Colosi

ARIN Staff:

  • Nate Davis, COO


  • Stephen Ryan, Esq

1. Welcome & Agenda Review

The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The presence of quorum was noted. It was acknowledged that Counsel would be delayed. Tim Denton requested discussion on a matter regarding the IANA transition. The Chair agreed to discuss if time permitted.

2. Approval of Minutes

(Attachment A, February Minutes)

It was moved by Bill Sandiford, and seconded by Aaron Hughes, that:

"The ARIN Board of Trustees approves the Minutes of 18 February 2015, as written."

The Chair called for discussion. There were no comments.

The motion carried with no objections.

3. ARIN Tax Compliance Annual Update

(Attachment B, ARIN Tax Compliance Annual Update Slide Deck)

The COO gave the Tax Compliance presentation, including noting that ARIN's tax obligations for 2014 had been verified as paid.  A small discrepancy of 11 cents with respect to DC payroll taxes was noted as being resolved. It was confirmed that this presentation would be given annually to update the Board of Trustees and the Treasurer would receive quarterly updates along with ARIN's quarterly financials. The Board thanked him for the presentation.

4. Joint RIR Stability Fund

(Attachment C, Joint RIR Stability Fund Slide Deck)

 The President provided a presentation to the Board on this matter. The CEOs of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) are working to create a fund to be available if an RIR should have urgent need. He explained that money will not be moved, but will only be pledged, and will remain within each RIR's respective reserves. A formal process would be created to request funding.  The President asked for feedback on the proposal and noted that no commitment of funding is being requested at this time. It was suggested that ARIN set aside $250,000 USD for the fund as part of long-term reserve investments if the Stability fund proceeds.

The Chair asked for the total funding amount of all of the RIRs. The President said that it would be probably be half to three quarter of a million USD. The Chair asked what the funding would cover should a need arise. The President stated the funding was to ensure an RIR's doors stay open while putting a plan together for said RIRs next steps.

It was the sense of the Board that the President proceed with the other RIRs on the stability fund.

Counsel joined at this time (1:15 p.m. EDT).

5. August Board Workshop

The President stated that the annual Board workshop planning needed to get underway by deciding on a venue, location, and dates to begin the meeting planning process. The Board agreed to hold the workshop August 9 to 11, 2015, with the city still to be determined.

6. IANA Stewardship Transition Planning – Update

 The President provided an update on developments with the IANA Stewardship Transition planning efforts. He stated that drafting the Service Level Agreement for IANA number registry services is underway at this time.

Bill Sandiford left at this time (1:49 p.m. EDT) due to a conflict.

7. Any Other Business

The Chair called for any other business. Tim Denton asked for a discussion of why the US Government transitioning stewardship of the IANA functions was beneficial, and the Board discussed this topic for a short time.

8. Adjournment

The Chair entertained a motion to adjourn at 1:57 p.m. EDT.  Tim Denton moved to adjourn, seconded by Paul Andersen.  The meeting adjourned with no objections.