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[AfriNIC-rpd] IPv6 Allocations to Non-Profit Networks

Graham Beneke graham-ml at
Wed Jan 14 21:58:19 UTC 2009

David Conrad wrote:
 > Ignoring the legal status, AfriNIC could require applicants for free
 > IPv6 addresses to provide their by-laws demonstrating they act in a

Who said anything about free ;-) Academic institutions in the AfriNIC 
region are recognized by our policies and afforded a 50% discount. I 
don't think that it would be right to hand out the addresses for free 
since - as has been pointed out - there are costs involved. However a 
50% discount would go a long way to bringing addressing resources within 
the reach of non-profit entities.

Andrew Alston wrote:
> First of all, how do you define a non-profit entity/network.  In my 
> opinion, you cannot give space under this policy to a "community" 
> network unless it is a legal entity.  Now, in the case of things like 
> the Wireless User Groups and other community networks, how many of these 
> are actually legally defined entities.  As has already been raised, even 
> with these legal entities, how many of the countries have ways to define 
> "non-profit" organizations?

The Wireless User Groups in South Africa have realised the limitations 
of operating without a legal entity of some type. Tax deductible 
donations, peering contracts and AfriNIC resources are all hard to come 
by when the community network is not operating in some kind of legal 
non-profit framework.

It is important for someone to take legal responsibility for the 
allocated resources. Some legal entity needs to (for example) sign the 
AfriNIC RSA. This requirement exists currently for companies recognised 
by the local country to prove their legal status when becoming members 
of AfriNIC and the same should be expanded to include non-profit 

Graham Beneke
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