I'm also not comfortable with using APNIC policies as a tool to control Governments in countries. This seems inappropriate and leading down a particularly slippery path.
The issue raised by Leo around whether it could lead to multiple NIRs being established in a single economy is also one that needs to be addressed.
I don't have much experience in the NIR arena, but as it stands I don't support this policy - if the problem statement can be made clearer it would be helpful in deciding whether to support in the future.
aj Philip Smith wrote:
Some comments: - there is no problem statement in Section 2 which purports to declare what the problem is. - Section 4, item 2. "Members" is mentioned without context. NIR members? APNIC members? Other members, and if so what of? - Section 4, item 3. I can't see how APNIC or anyone else can dictate to any sovereign Government that it will have a minor role in an NIR. If an NIR truly represents the economy it is located in, surely all interested parties in that economy will establish exactly what the representation should be? - Section 5. None of the advantages listed are obvious from reading the text as it stands. I can see substantial disadvantages though. - Section 6. "APNIC members undergo conditional allocations". Please explain. No evidence provided in text. First mention of creation of NIR covering communities in multiple countries - what is the rationale for this? - Section 7 I believe is incomplete. This policy proposal has substantial impact on the existing NIRs as it changes the fundamental basis for their existence as it would be entirely feasible for another organisation or group of organisations to establish themselves as an NIR within the existing NIR's operational area. This would quite likely be counter to the existing NIR's rules of association. I believe this proposal needs substantial work to resolve the issues I mentioned above. As it stands, it has significant impact on the entire APNIC, NIR and LIR structure and relationship; I feel this needs to be carefully considered and documented.