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[AFRINIC-rpd] End-User vs. LIR for HEIs
adiel at afrinic.net
Thu Jan 17 19:04:59 UTC 2013
The matter of End-User vs. LIR status for HEIs has been
discussed during the last Board face to face meeting in
Khartoum as followup to the discussion that happened on
this list some time back.
Should we discuss if IP addresses should be Assigned OR
Allocated to an HEI Network (i.e End-User or LIR)? Should
HEI Networks be pre-categorised as EU or LIR by default
no matter what their infrastructure and services are?
The board come to the conclusion that it may not be wise
to by default tag a specific type of organisation to the
way they will use IP resources. The definition of End-User
and LIR should be the same and generic across the border
and should define based on how the Network Infrastructure
is designed and how the IP address assigned/allocated will
be further used/managed down.
Now as the issue the HEIs seem to want to avoid is the fees
they will have to pay as LIR, it was suggested and agreed
that the Board adopts a special membership fees discount for
HEIs who operate as LIRs (a discount a bit higher than the
currently applied to EU which is 50%). At the same time a
review of EU membership fees in general is being looked at.
Discussion on the new fees structure for End-Users will be
launch soon on services at afrinic.net and
members-discuss at afrinic.net mailing lists (Get on them if
you are not yet).
Now on a personal note, is it fair to assume that in some
cases (big and widely spread campus) HEIs will have more
flexibility and advantage to be an LIR because they can then
more easily managed their allocations? [They can assign, and
sub-allocate to other affiliated schools and institutes (on
or out campus), store these assignments in the public WHOIS
database. In a way decentralising the management of their
IP addresses pool. While as EU they only get an assignment
and they can not assigned or sub-allocated from AFRINIC policy
and public DB view point]
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