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Dewole Ajao [Bandwidth Consortium]
dewole at forum.org.ng
Fri May 6 10:17:59 UTC 2016
I noticed the concluding part of the quote from the soft-landing policy
reads "...in a manner that is in the best interest of the community."
When AfriNIC can no longer meet any more requests for address space from
the last /8 pool because the pool is either empty or has no more
contiguous blocks, the board will based on the demand and other factors
at the time exercise the prerogative to replenish the exhaustion pool
from the reserve pool*in a manner that is in the best interest of the
Given the amount of time we have spent on ambiguous wording in recent
times, we should update policies to be less contentious (whenever we
discover them). It is either we are saying the board shall use its
prerogative to replenish (and end the statement there) OR we say the
community shall use a process XYZ to determine the manner in which the
exhaustion pool shall be replenished in the best interest of the community.
Some more digging reveals that policy update under discussion at
is more explicit about community consultation:
When AFRINIC, can no longer meet any more requests for address space
(from the Final /8 or from any other available address space), AFRINIC
in consultation with the community via the Policy Discussion Mailing
list and considering the demand and other factors at the time replenish
the exhaustion pool with whatever address space (or part thereof) that
may be available to AFRINIC at the time, in a manner that is in the best
interest of the community.
Would be nice if we can tidy this up in Gaborone.
On 5/5/2016 8:55 PM, sm+afrinic at elandsys.com wrote:
> Hi Viv,
> At 12:17 05-05-2016, Viv Padayatchy wrote:
>> If we look at board governance, there are three main areas where a
>> board member can impact afrinic's business:
>> 1. Policy Development
>> The board has little influence here. It cannot alter a policy
>> but it can refuse to ratify it and send the policy back to the RPD.
>> One might say that the board could use this power as a delaying
>> tactic. However, it will expose itself to tremendous criticism if it
>> refuses to ratify a policy, which has gone through the proper policy
>> development process, without good reasons. To me, this is a natural
>> check against possible attempt by the board to derail the policy
>> development process.
>> 2. Resource Allocation
>> Here again, resource allocation is performed by the
>> executive, and not the board, according to predefined sets of
>> policies. It is true that the board could have the last word on
>> matters of resource allocation where the request is unusual and the
>> policies are not clear cut enough for the executive to make a
>> decision. This is possibly an area that needs to be looked at.
> This community agreed to the following several years ago:
> "When AfriNIC, can no longer meet any more requests for address space
> (from the Final /8 or from any other available address space), the
> Board may at its discretion and considering the demand and other
> factors at the time replenish the exhaustion pool with whatever
> address space (or part thereof) that may be available to AfriNIC at
> the time, in a manner that is in the best interest of the community."
> S. Moonesamy
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> RPD at afrinic.net
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