Sandiford, Bill

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Organization: Telnet Communications

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Candidate Questionnaire

Provide a brief biography of recent experience, associations, and affiliations relevant to serving on the Board of Trustees.

I am the President and CTO of Telnet Communications, a growing CLEC and ISP operating in the Greater Toronto Area of Canada. I have over 17 years of experience in the ISP and telecommunications business with expertise not only in technology but also regulatory and business processes. In my current role, responsibilities include the design, deployment, and operation of all aspects of Telnet’s network and overseeing Telnet’s application development and professional services departments.

I have extensive group governance experience. Currently I serve as President and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC), a trade association for network operators and service providers in Canada. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) a member-driven organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally. In addition, I serve on the board of the newly formed AlbertaIX, an organization that is in the process of founding an Internet exchange in Alberta. I am a former member of the board of the Toronto Internet Exchange and I have 4 years of experience as a valued member of the ARIN Advisory Council.

I have spent my entire career working for Telnet Communications since I co-founded the company in 1995 after attending Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. I am a recent graduate of a program offered by the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management that provides specialized training for directors of Not-for-Profit organizations like ARIN.

Outside of work I enjoy hockey, rugby, scuba diving, and piloting my Cessna aircraft to exotic destinations around North America and the Caribbean.

What Internet-related services do you or your organization provide?

Telnet Communications has been in the ISP business since 1995. Services provided include dial-up and broadband internet, website hosting, and data services. Since 2007 Telnet Communications has been recognized by the CRTC in Canada as a CLEC providing VoIP services as well as legacy telecommunication and Hosted PBX services.

What conflicts, real or perceived, might arise should you be elected to the Board?

I am aware of no conflicts, real or perceived, that might arise should I be elected to the ARIN Board of Trustees. Like many other trustees and candidates, organizations that I represent use number resources received from ARIN.

Describe any limitations on your ability to attend Board and Public Policy Meetings in person or to serve the entirety of a 3-year term.

I am aware of no limitations on my ability to attend Board or Public Policy Meetings in person or to serve the entirety of a 3-year term.

How do you foresee ARIN’s function, scale, or role changing in the future?

It is difficult to predict how ARIN’s function, scale or role will change as we continue to move towards IPv6 and a post-IPv4 world. One thing that is clear is that changes will be forthcoming. For example, the current desire being expressed by the ITU to be more involved in IP resource numbering could influence or cause these changes. ARIN will need to work hard to continue its role as an effective steward of number resources.

What is your opinion of the principles outlined in RFCs 2050 and 2050bis?

I am a strong believer of the principles outlined in RFC 2050 and RFC 2050bis.

RFC 2050 served the community well for almost 17 years since its creation in 1996, but some changes were badly needed. RFC 2050bis adequately addresses the needed changes and is a useful successor and replacement for RFC 2050.

What would broaden participation in the ARIN public policy development process?

The public policy development process would likely see more participation if the process was simplified. Some aspects of the process are simple, however as a policy gets deeper into the process it becomes more complicated. Recent changes to the PDP have made the process slightly better, but much work is still needed in this area. The remote participation at public policy meetings has been helpful in broadening participation. Finding ways to enhance the remote participation experience would likely be successful at increasing participation levels.

What is ARIN’s role, if any, in promoting IPv6 adoption?

ARIN should continue the proactive approach that it has taken in recent years with regards to IPv6 adoption. Events such as the “ARIN on the Road” series have been, and continue to be, wildly successful vehicles for educating the community and stakeholders on the importance of IPv6 adoption. ARIN should continue, and perhaps enhance, its participation in industry tradeshows and events to continue promoting the importance of IPv6. These events have also been a great opportunity for members of the community that are generally unable to attend public policy meetings to liaise with and ask questions of ARIN staff and others in the community.

What are ARIN’s greatest challenges and how do you see ARIN addressing them?

Some of ARIN’s greatest challenges include IPv6 Adoption, the Internet Governance model, and member engagement.

As answered in the previous question, ARIN should continue the proactive approach it has taken with regards to IPv6 adoption with events such as the “ARIN on the Road” series and continued outreach in the community.

ARIN needs to continue to be a leader in Internet Governance. Continued involvement in the various Internet Governance fora is necessary to cement ARIN’s position on important topics as directed by its members.

Over the years, ARIN has seen its levels of member engagement come and go. Some progress has been made in this area with things like remote participation at meetings and ARIN’s outreach programs, however more work is needed in this regard.

What is the appropriate scope for ARIN’s organizational activities and responsibilities?

I believe that the appropriate scope of ARIN’s organizational activities and responsibilities are adequately defined in the seventh article of ARIN’s Articles of Incorporation and subsequent amendments.

In particular, ARIN’s responsibility to manage the allocation and registration of Internet resources, to manage and help conserve scarce resources, and educate and increase the knowledge of the general public and Internet community are some of ARIN’s most important responsibilities. Consistent with the articles, the scope of these activities should be national and international.

What is your position on the multi-stakeholder Internet governance?

I am a strong supporter or the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance. I believe that it is an important tool to ensure that all stakeholders can be heard and their issues adequately addressed in the process. Other proposed models of Internet governance would be less effective in this regard.


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