The Policy Development Process is an essential part of Regional Internet Registry services. It is through this process that the creation and modification of the policies that the RIR will apply within its region is validated.
This document describes policy development process at LACNIC with its two different paths: Normal Policy Development Process and Expedited Policy Approval Process. The Expedited Policy Approval Process will be used in exceptional cases, when the proposal could not wait until the next Public Policy Forum.
As a definition for the rest of this document, a policy proposal would have reached consensus, when a significant majority supports it after a wide discussion and, there are no unanswered technical objections.
Normal Policy Development Process Diagram
The Policy Development Process may go through the following instances:
LACNIC's Public Policy Forum will have two chairs, both of which shall have the same functions.
During its first meeting after the 30-day period established for the reception of public comments, LACNIC's Board of Directors may:
Expedited Policy Approval Process Diagram
In exceptional cases, a policy proposal may follow an Expedited Process according to which it is not necessary to present the policy proposal before LACNIC's Public Policy Forum.
In order for a policy proposal to qualify for this Expedited Process it must be analyzed by both Public Policy Forum Chairs, who must agree that said proposal justifies the Expedited Process.
After completing this instance, the policy will be presented in the Public Policy List.
At least 60 days after being presented on the list, the Public Policy Forum Chairs will evaluate whether the discussion that was generated merits a call for consensus or to abandon the Expedited Process.
If both Chairs agree that the policy proposal warrants a call for consensus on the Public Policy List, the call will give at least 14 days in order to receive comments.
Once the period to receive comments is closed, the Public Policy Forum Chairs shall communicate whether or not consensus was attained. If it was, they shall submit the proposal to LACNIC's Board of Directors. If it was not, they may choose between abandoning the Expedited Process and continuing the discussion on the Public Policy List or abandoning the proposal completely.
After attaining consensus on the Public Policy List, LACNIC's Board of Directors may:
All policy proposals approved through the Expedited Process must be presented at the following Public Policy Forum in order to inform the community of its implementation.