[Community-Discuss] Spearheading Internet Development in Africa / Late commentary on fee discussion
sm+afrinic at elandsys.com
Sun Sep 30 09:42:48 UTC 2018
Dear Mr Loubser,
At 06:56 PM 29-09-2018, Coenraad Loubser wrote:
>I would like to add that we wholeheartedly support the current
>recommendations - and that they do perhaps provide enough of a
>platform to address the issue.
Thank you for the feedback on that section.
>The caveat is that, for an LIR, there is still the initial hurdle to
>cross, that has not been "smoothed out", and which the suggested
>provision can "smooth out" - which I would like to unpack more.
I'll comment below.
>Also, the addition of a clause such as the revenue-based one
>proposed could potentially free up the board and/or CEO from having
>to consider a number of individual applications - something that
>could also be a restricting factor if the opportunities for such
>reviews are spaced too far apart, or if they turn out to be too time
>consuming. Ie. if an ISP is starting up, and can be convinced to get
>its own ASN, but has to wait some months before it can actually get
>it, it might just start without it and conclude that it's not really
>necessary - and only revisit the benefits much later when truly
>necessary - or never.
Is the time taken for getting approval for a discount a major factor
for getting a new LIR to have its own ASN? It looks like the other
parts of setting up the operation could take more time; I am assuming
that there isn't sequential processing.
>I suppose that there is another side to this is - and that is the
>possibility for "fly-by-night" ASNs - or ones created to be used for
>nefarious purposes and then discarded. although I am not sure if
>there is a blanket control for the board to reject an any
>application, is there? Then again, going through the trouble of
>setting up a company, licensing it, getting the financials in place,
>and applying for the concession, setting up peering - is likely
>enough of a deterrent.
ASN requests are handled by the member services department. The
policies which are used to evaluate the requests are set by the
Policy Development Working Group. I could not think of a reason to
be involved in a decision about the approval of such a request. As a
comment about "blanket control", the usual approach at Board-level is
to see that there are adequate organizational processes.
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