Chapter 3

Members: Categories, confitions for being admitted and disciplinary regime

ARTICLE 6:

The following member categories are established:

  1. a) Active members:
    • Active "A" Members: Those receiving IP address space directly from LACNIC, those receiving IP address space indirectly through national registries according to the contracts celebrated between LACNIC and said registries, or those who received address space from ARIN and belong to the address space awarded to LACNIC, and request admittance.
    • Active "B" Members: Organizations residing in Latin America or the Caribbean or whose activities are carried out mainly in Latin America or the Caribbean, related to Internet development and/or formed by Internet access service providers, that make a relevant contribution to Internet related policies in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, agree with LACNIC's objectives and request admittance.
    • Active Founding Members: The following organizations: AHCIET (Hispanoamerican Association of Research Centers and Telecommunications Companies), CABASE (Argentine Chamber of Databases and Online Services), CGI-Br (Brazilian Internet Management Committee), eCOMLAC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet and e-Commerce Federation), ENRED (Network Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean) and NIC-Mx (NIC Mexico).
  2. Adhering Members: Those who agree with LACNIC's objectives, request admittance and
    • administer IP addresses outside the address space awarded to Latin America and the Caribbean and are geographically located in Latin America or the Caribbean, or
    • any person or legal entity.
  3. Honorary Members: All persons, companies or organizations designated as such by decision of the General Member Assembly in view of the activities they carry out in furtherance of LACNIC's objectives.
  4. Benefactor members: Those persons or legal entities that contribute significantly to LACNIC's financial support.

* Article modified at the April 24, 2003 Member Assembly

ARTICLE 7:

Members shall have the following rights:

  1. Active "A" Members:
    1. To make use of the member services.
    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.
    3. To request the summoning of an Extraordinary Assembly (Article 14).
    4. To participate at the assemblies with voice and vote and to be elected to be part of the member organisms.
  2. Active "B" Members:
    1.  To make use of the member services.
    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.
    3. To request the summoning of an Extraordinary Assembly (Article 14).
    4. To participate at the assemblies with voice and vote and to be elected to be part of the member organisms.
  3. Active Founding Members:
    1. To make use of the member services.
    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.
    3. To request the summoning of an Extraordinary Assembly (Article 14).
    4. To participate at the assemblies with voice and vote and to be elected to be part of the member organisms.
  4. Adhering Members:
    1. To make use of the member services.
    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.
    3. To be part of the General Assembly with voice but not vote. 
  5. Honorary Members:
    1. To make use of the member services.
    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.
    3. To participate at the General Assembly with voice but not vote.
  6. Benefactors:
    1. To make use of the member services.
    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.

* Article modified at the March 31, 2004 Member Assembly.

ARTICLE 8:

The members have the following obligations:

  1. pay the ordinary and extraordinary contributions established by the Assembly;
  2. comply with the other obligations imposed by the bylaws, the rules and the resolutions of the Assembly and the Board.

ARTICLE 9:

Any party which has ceased to fulfill the membership requirements of the bylaws will cease to be a member. The member who falls behind in the payment of three quotas or any other contribution which has been established, will be duly notified of his obligation to pay his dues to the treasury. When one month has lapsed from this notification and the situation has not been resolved, the Board may declare the termination of membership of this member who is in debt. Membership status may also be lost due to resignation or expulsion.

ARTICLE 10:

The Board may apply the following penalties to the members:

  1. admonishment,
  2. suspension, for a maximum period of one year,
  3. expulsion, to be graduated according to the seriousness of the misdemeanor, and the circumstances of each case considering the following causes:
    1. Non-fulfillment of the obligations imposed by the bylaws, rules or resolutions of the Assemblies and the Board,
    2. notorious bad behavior,
    3. voluntary harm to LACNIC, provocation of serious disorders, or behaving in a way which is notoriously harmful to the interests of the membership.

ARTICLE 11:

The disciplinary penalties referred to in the preceding article will be decided by the Board once the party involved has presented his defense. In all cases the affected party can resort to an appeal to the first Assembly to be held, within a period of 30 days of notification of the penalty. The interposition of this resource will have a suspensive effect. Regarding his rights as a member, in the supposed case that the penalized member holds office in one of the administration or control organs, these may suspend him in this capacity until the corresponding Assembly has resolved his case.