Recognition of LACNIC

7) Activity plan

LACNIC provide following continuing activities that are with the purview of an RIR and which are explicitly supported by our community organization.

7.1 Operational Aspects
7.1.1 Independence

Due to the agreement signed between LACNIC and Brazil, the initial operation will be realized in the FAPESP installations in Sao Paulo. At this time FAPESP is in charge of the operations of NIC Brazil and the ccTLD .br registry. These tasks are carried out under the responsibility of the Comitê Gestor Internet do Brasil (CGIBR).

In the above mentioned agreement, LACNIC established the requirement that the entire operation should be absolutely independent from the routine activities of FAPESP, NIC Brazil and the .br registry.

The installations have been done according to what has been scheduled and to LACNICs satisfaction.

Currently, the installations available for the LACNIC operation include independent servers, independent communications equipment, independent connectivity services, and also physical locations separate from the rest of the equipment available in the same organization.

The technical staff that will work in the LACNIC operations tasks will also be independent, and will be dedicated exclusively to the LACNIC specific functions.

7.1.2 Future site change

The Comitê Gestor Internet do Brazil (CGIBR) foresees move this year to new premises. As from that time, they will directly absorb the administration of all tasks related to the NIC Brazil and the .br registry, which are currently done in FAPESP.

It is also foreseen that at that time, LACNIC will also install their operations center in this new building, where the same independence conditions will prevail for the correct LACNIC functioning.

The change of site will be done in planned stages, without any interruption to services.

7.1.3 Supervision

The initial LACNIC operation model is similar to an outsourcing agreement with special characteristics, since it will not cost LACNIC anything, and will thus be a fundamental contribution to the startup of the organization, without large initial investments.

Thus, the operations staff will be under the contractual responsibility of the NIC Brazil.

LACNIC will technically supervise their functions. The LACNIC Technical Manager will be the person who will be working in coordination with the Operations Manager to ensure fulfillment of LACNIC policies, ensure the quality of customer service and attend the procedures for continuous improvement.

The Technical Manager will be the link between the LACNIC Board and the Operations staff, which ensures LACNICs absolute independence. This position is currently occupied by Julian Dunayevich.

7.2 Installation of the LACNIC offices in Montevideo
7.2.1 Roles

LACNIC will be an organization legally established in Uruguay, and thus the administrative and financial tasks will be done from this office in Montevideo, which will be responsible for administrative communications with members, issuing receipts and invoices, collections and payment to suppliers.

7.2.2 Infrastructure

Initially a small office with the necessary communications services will be established.

7.2.3 Human Resources

As from initiation of LACNIC operations in the block assignments with second opinion of ARIN period, a CFO will be in place who will undertake all administrative and financial tasks together with a legal counsel.

As from the final recognition of ICANN, the hiring of a secretary and a CEO, who will report to the Montevideo Office even though his tasks will be shared out between Montevideo and São Paulo as well as necessary travel to other cities, is foreseen.

Initially, and until the appointment of a CEO, the Board and its Chair will be responsible for the management of the Montevideo Office.

7.3 Members' fees and payments

Initially, the members fees and payments will be identical to those ARIN applies, and this will be maintained as a minimum until the time of final recognition from ICANN.

7.4 Transition Plan

As from the work meetings between LACNIC and ARIN, an operations transition has been agreed upon which will be divided into 3 phases.

Phase 1
Activities in this phase include:

  • Training at ARIN for LACNIC registration personnel
  • Technical Interchange meetings between ARIN and LACNIC engineering staffs.
  • Onthejob training of LACNIC registration personnel. Under ARIN supervision, LACNIC personnel will process all LACNIC region requests that are received by ARIN.
  • LACNIC legal counsel will devise the Registration Service Agreement (RSA). The ARIN RSA will be used as a basis and revised to reflect the requirements of the contract law of Uruguay.

This phase will conclude when LACNIC personnel have processed sufficient resource requests to demonstrate competence. For planning purposes this has been determined to be equal to the quarterly average of LACNIC area requests received by ARIN for the past two (2) years.

Phase 2
This will begin immediately after Phase 1 is completed.

  • LACNIC will receive the resource requests which will be evaluated by the LACNIC technical/operations staff. ARIN will perform a second opinion evaluation of all registration actions.
  • Administration functions of LACNIC will begin. Registration Service Agreements will be executed, invoices will be issued, and payments will be processed.
  • The Registry data shall be kept simultaneously in the LACNIC and ARIN databases, in order to ensure continuity of service if unforeseen circumstances arise.
  • LACNIC will establish the reverse DNS servers for the subdomains of in addr.arpa and ip6.arpa.

This phase will conclude when:

  • LACNIC personnel have processed sufficient resource requests to demonstrate competence. For planning purposes this has been determined to be equal to the quarterly average of LACNIC area requests received by ARIN for the past two (2) years.
  • All administrative and business functions are fully operational.

Phase 3
Final recognition of LACNIC by ICANN.

  • LACNIC will apply its own Policies.
  • LACNIC records will be removed from the ARIN database.
  • ARIN technical and operations staff will provide mentoring support to LACNIC as requested by LACNIC.

7.5 Initial Authorities

The Board shall be made up of the following people, representing each of the founding organizations:

  • Raul Echeberria (ENRED) Chair
  • German Valdez (NIC Mexico) Secretary
  • Oscar Messano (CABASE) Treasurer
  • Hartmut Glaser (CGIBR) Director 1
  • Raimundo Beca (AHCIET) Director 2 F
  • Abio Marinho (ECOMLAC) Director 3

It is the intention of the LACNIC founding members to deliver control of LACNIC to its members as soon as the organization and membership have been consolidated. Thus, in article 34 of the bylaws, the procedures covering the stages of incorporation of new directors and the replacement of the current ones, are included. The first election of 3 Directors will take place one year from the constitution of LACNIC.

In addition to registration services, LACNIC also provide technical training, public mailing list maintenance, information services, database services, meetings organization, general liaison and coordination tasks. These activities will cover both the basic principles of RIR and subject of interest of the members.

LACNIC has defined the following objectives for their activity:

  • To administer the IP address space and other associated resources on behalf of the Internet community in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • To provide the services of registration of IP addresses, ASN, inverse resolution and their associated resources, for the purpose of permitting and facilitating communications by means of computer networks.
  • To collaborate with the growth of the Internet in the region.
  • To assist the Latin American and Caribbean community in the development of procedures, mechanisms and standards for the efficient assignment of Internet resources.
  • To promote educational opportunities for its members in technical and political areas within its charter.
  • To propose and develop the public policies in within the scope of its charter.

Due to the difference of DNS and Internet resource related functions, LACNIC guarantees it will not undertake any activities related to domain name assignment and/or registration.

 

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