Geddis, Jesse

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Organization: LA Broadband

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Candidate Questionnaire

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

I am a Network Architect and Business owner that got my start in the Wild West days of the Internet before ARIN came into being. My dream was always to build my own carrier network. I finally realized this goal in 2006 and now serve tens of thousands of residents with native IPv6. Starting a business is a struggle and over 80% of ARIN’s membership is made up of folks like me. I want to give back and I am here to represent you with objectivity and passion. I am very active in the community and on the mailing lists with policy and outreach. I’ve noticed most of the sitting Advisory Council is non-participatory in community discussions. I think it’s important to have folks who have the time and dedication to serve.

Describe the relevance of your experience to the Advisory Council.

I have worked at all levels in business from Tech Support to building and owning a local carrier from nothing. I have worked in healthcare, movie studios, enterprise, and carriers serving millions of customers. This has given me a broad understanding of what many of the members go through when taking on network and business projects that are affected by ARIN. I am here to help. My goal is to listen to the membership, do my best to translate feedback into policy proposals for further feedback, then serve as your advocate for those policies to the board. After listening and engaging with the community regarding the new fee schedule I have already submitted a proposal for an equitable overhaul of the current fee structure.

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

LA Broadband LLC operates in three areas:

1. We serve as a provider offering managed transport/transit to enterprises and large residential complexes.
2. We supplement engineering staff in the enterprise and carrier sectors in design and deployments.
3. We are a large Juniper Partner that sell Juniper routers, switches, fabrics, and firewalls. We are one of only a few Juniper resellers to have sold and implemented a full qfabric system.

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

I do not have any conflicts with this nomination.

The AC meets every year on a Friday in January, in Reston, VA for a workshop to review AC practices and policies. Can you commit to attending in person, and does that pose any conflict or concern?

I can commit to attending in person.

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

I have no limitations.

What differentiates you as a candidate, or makes you uniquely suitable to the post?

I view my role as your objective advocate with ARIN’s board.

I am both a Network Architect with 15 years of experience and a successful business owner. Having both perspectives has given me the ability to look at policy and problems and see the financial, administrative, and technical aspects of it while offering solutions that address all three. I have waded into numerous heated debates on ARINs lists and have led coalitions of members to come up with policies to address the issues raised. As a business owner I am acutely aware of the challenges we face via process, policy, and fees in starting and growing a business. As an engineer I am also acutely of the technical challenges policy creates. I hope my unique background, leadership abilities, and new ideas can be of service to this community.

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

My expectation is that ARIN will get extremely busy as we hit the IPv4 wall before things taper off some with the widespread adoption of IPv6. This will be a difficult and possibly unpredictable time over the next few years for ARIN, the members, and internet users in general. I think with consistent and easy to follow policies we can support the community at large make this difficult transition.

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

I think the principles are solid, however, I think we have strayed some on the topic of “Conservation”. Especially with IPv4. Organizations stockpiling address space is commonplace these days and will become more so as the IP market place goes into full swing and IP’s are traded as a commodity. Further, today, over 80% of ARINs addresses are held by just 60 organizations. I’m not sure this is what the framers had in mind when the policies and procedures that guide us today were created so long ago.

What areas of policy, if any, need more attention and why?

There are several but the two that generate the most heated debate in the community are the “nibble” policy and the fee schedule for ISP’s.

Specifically, the “nibble” policy for ISP allocations has proven to be a serious barrier to entry for businesses. They have to first pay exorbitant fees for an allocation from a large provider (who pays virtually nothing for the allocation they’re reassigning) before they can petition ARIN for their own assignment. This is a very long and costly process to start a business. I would like to work with the community to come up with a way to make ARIN policy neutral in this regard.

The annual fees for ISP’s also could use some adjusting. ARIN currently has a proportionately extremely low flat rate for everyone greater than a /12 (who use over 80% of the IPv4 resources) while everyone below pay over 80% of ARIN’s revenue yet only consume a tiny percentage of the resources. Fees should be more evenly spread across the allocations and in proportion to their consumption. They also serve, inadvertently, as a barrier to entry for Small Businesses.

How do you separate your personal opinions from those of your organization and those of the community?

Again, I view my role as your advocate in policy and fees with ARIN’s Board. My goals in accepting this nomination are threefold:

  1. I am committed to helping increase IPv6 adoption by advising good Policy, Fees, and Outreach.
  2. I want to advocate for more business neutral ARIN policies.
  3. I want to advocate for more business neutral fee schedules.


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