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[rpd] RPD : Policy proposal "Internet Number Resources review by AFRINIC" informations update

Igba Priscillia igbapriscillia at
Tue May 14 10:26:42 UTC 2019

This proposal does not consider the harsh effect it will have on end users
neither does it promote easy access to the internet for us in Africa. I
also want to be clarified on the tools that the AFRINIC staff will use 'to
evaluate the facts as appropriate to conduct the review'.

Igba Priscillia

On Sun, May 12, 2019 at 2:24 AM Big Jayz <jjamesonuh at> wrote:

> If end-users will lose their connectivity to the internet during a switch
> process from one ISP to another due to inefficient utilization of
> resources, then I think the authors of this proposal should go back and
> review the draft. At the end, all discussions on this platform is geared
> towards making the internet affordable and accessible within the region.
> On Sat, May 11, 2019, 10:17 Melvin Cheng <melvinc0730 at> wrote:
>> Hi
>> The debate over this policy has been for ages. I really think that if an
>> issue has been discussed over and over again, there must be something
>> fundamentally wrong about it. It’s quite obvious that this proposal draws
>> way more controversy than the others - its own existence in a way seems to
>> be a source of extreme disputes among the community, as we have seen in
>> Tunisia. I was in fact there myself.
>> This policy has a lot of problems. Intrinsically, as a policy itself, it
>> is not well defined. A lot of terms remain unclear. For example, as Owen
>> has also pointed out earlier, the term “annual meaningful report” is an
>> ambiguous term. What is a “meaningful” report? To whom? What are the
>> factors? How is “meaningful” defined? 100 people can have 100 definitions
>> of “meaningful”. If the report is deemed as something crucial to this
>> proposal, then the author shall better define and address it. Honestly
>> speaking, although this proposal has been “re-proposed” over and over, I do
>> not see any improvements in it. More precisely, I barely see any changes
>> made in the new proposal when comparing to the previous one. I would expect
>> the authors to make some adjustments when so many issues have not been
>> addressed in previous meetings before they posted them again, even just as
>> gesture of their sincerity. You can’t just post something that’s almost
>> identical by pretending your audience were blind.
>> On the other hand, this policy is not realistic at all. Afrinic does not
>> have the financial power to conduct such a big quantity of reviews within
>> its regions. It’s quiet easy to imagine that because of this lack of
>> financial backup, reviews are done unfairly and unjustly. For example, some
>> users are screened while the others are not because Afrinic runs out of
>> money during the process of review. This may, at the worst, can lead to
>> Afrinic’s bankruptcy, which I am sure none of us would wish that to happen.
>> The other is the potential of end-users being disconnected due to the
>> review. I think we have to bear in mind that, end-users have no clue about
>> the review. However, according to this proposal, if an ISP is found to have
>> violated the rule (ie, inefficient utilisation of resources), their IPs
>> will be taken back by Afrinic and re-allocate to others. End-user will lost
>> connectivity to the Internet during this process even they have no idea
>> what is going on. This is unfair to them. After all, connectivity to the
>> Internet shall come as the priority over any other things. What this policy
>> will bring is quiet the opposite.
>> Having said so much, I think my stand is quite clear. This proposal is
>> not well drafted and the authors haven’t well considered its potential
>> problems. It’s impractical when considering Afrinic’s current situation.
>> Let’s not forget about this. if something has been doubted by people over
>> and over again, there must be something wrong about it.
>> Cheers
>> Melvin
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