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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 1997 10:24:36 -0500
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
To: AOP Members <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: AOP Alert 97:03 Update
In our alert of yesterday regarding the ARIN proposal to charge for
Internet IP Addresses, we noted that comments were invited at the
following e-mail address:
>>Comments are welcome and should be posted to email@example.com.<<
Please note that this is a list serv, and that you will not be able
to post comments until you first subscribe as follows:
>> To subscribe, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with SUBSCRIBE
NAIPR in the body. <<
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please note this information
when you post this notice for others. A corrected alert follows in
AOP Alert Wednesday, January 15, 1997
The following is a legislative alert from the Association of
Online Professionals, the leading association of Internet
Service Providers and other professionals who manage online
Please give it the widest possible distribution:
AOP Opposes Network Solutions ARIN Proposal
This week, Network Solutions, Inc. proposed the formation of a
new entity that would charge ISPs from $2,500 to $20,000 per year for
registration of Internet IP addresses. This fee would be in addition
to fees already charged for registration of domain names.
Under the proposal, an American Registry for Internet Numbers would be
created as a non-profit entity to collect the fees and assign the
addresses. The new entity would replace the government- sponsored
InterNIC IP group. Companies who wish to participate in policy-making
as members of the group would pay an additional $1,000 per year.
Information regarding the proposal may be found at
The Association of Online Professionals has serious concerns about the
proposal, and urges all North American Internet service providers and
their subscribers to oppose the measure until these concerns are
** There is no indication in the proposal as to why the fees are
** The proposed non-profit has no published goals, mission or other
information beyond its structure and fees.
** The fee structure will cost the industry millions of dollars,
yet there is no information as to how the money will be spent or
how it will benefit the Internet.
** The assertions that the fees would not affect subscribers are
incorrect, as these fees would have to be passed on to consumers.
** The assertions that ISPs can afford the fees as a cost of
doing business reflects a poor understanding of the current
economics of Internet access services. The proposed fee structure
would have a devastating effect on small ISPs as well as non-
profit, hobbyist and public access providers.
** It is unclear under what authority Network Solutions would impose
the fees. The Internet exists as a public resource, and as such
should not be subjected to the arbitrary control of any small
group of individuals or entities.
AOP has generally supported efforts to bring organization and
structure to the Internet, including the imposition of fees to cover
the cost of assigning and maintaining domain names.
However, AOP cannot support the current proposal until more
information is provided and a meaningful dialogue established to
ensure that the proposal is more than an attempt to wrest control of
the Internet for a select group of self-proclaimed authorities.
Please do the following immediately:
1) Contact InterNIC with a request that the proposal not be
Comments are being taken only on the Internic listserv. To make
comments, you must first join the listserv by sending mail to
email@example.com with SUBSCRIBE NAIPR in the body. You may
then post comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Urge your subscribers and business associates to reject the
AOP will make every effort to obtain answers to the questions raised,
and will strive for meaningful conversations with Network Solutions on
these issues. If you have comments that would help us build a
consensus for these discussions, please direct them to email@example.com.
Dave McClure (703) 924-9692 (703) 924-9594 Fax
Executive Director (703) 264-1750 BBS Telnet aop.org
Assn of Online Professionals http://www.aop.org firstname.lastname@example.org