Morris, Tina

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Organization: Bright House Networks

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Candidate Questionnaire

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

I have been in the network world for my entire adult career, and have been active with IP management for the last 10 years via the cable industry. I managed internal network IP resources as a Network Engineer with Time Warner Cable for 6 years until I transferred and promoted from Network Engineering into a strategy and resource management role for Bright House Networks, current title – Principal Network Engineer – IP Strategy. I now manage all Public and Private IPv4 and IPv6 IP resources for Bright House Networks, I make all IP requests to ARIN on behalf of my company and I make all internal grants to the teams for both special projects and growth. In my role at Bright House, I participate in the ARIN community; I attend all public policy meetings and follow the PPML discussions.

Describe the relevance of your experience to the Advisory Council.

My experience is relevant to the Advisory Council because real world networks and routing must be considered when making some policy decisions. Also I have experience as an end user who understands the effort involved in making IP requests, distributing IP space, reclaiming and renumber IP ranges as well as, achieving and documenting proper IP utilization. I believe that policy needs to be vetted by actual users to ensure that it is effective, and to ensure that we are not over complicating the processes, thereby making compliance even more difficult.

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

Bright House Networks provides Cable Television, Data, Voice, Home Automation and Security to a variety of customers, both residential and commercial. In addition Bright House also provides Cell backhaul services for several mobile carriers.

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

I work for a large ISP; therefore, there may be a perception that I would show favoritism towards big business ISPs. However, I am actually more concerned with good Internet citizenship regardless of the size of the resources involved. I also believe that there is great value in considering all levels of users when developing policies. Policies should be developed in a way that does not hinder everyday business growth and expansion but also allows for innovation and new business development whenever possible.

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?

Yes, I can commit to these scheduled meeting dates. No concerns at this time.

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.

There are no limitations preventing my attendance. I currently attend all scheduled meetings of ARIN as a member and enjoy participating in the process.

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

My role at Bright House Networks includes granting IPv4 and IPv6 assignments to various and diverse teams for customer growth, expansion and special projects. Within my company we have a large spectrum of users and the ranges that use vary enormously in size and type of use, for example: Commercial, Residential, Static, DHCP, Voice, Managed Solutions, and Cellular Back Haul, just to name a few. I understand the complexity and strategy involved in moving, tracking, and planning the use of a large amount IP space in many different scenarios. I believe that this experience adds a unique perspective to the discussion, and I would be an asset to the Advisory Council.

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

Although ARINs role may change with the depletion of IPv4, and the deployment of IPv6 I believe there is still a lot of work to be done and ARINs role will continue to be significant.

Regarding IPv4, even when IPv4 space has effectively run out for all larger users there will still be some micro allocations available for assignment. In addition the transfer market will become increasingly busy. ARIN will be responsible for approving these transfers and assuring that resources are assigned properly so that all parties get use of the resources for which they have negotiated. In addition the maintenance of all current IPv4 resources will continue to be a priority task.

ARIN will obviously have a significant presence in the world of IPv6. As much as we all wish we could a flip a switch and IPv6 would be instantly embraced and fully deployed by all organizations, vendors, and users, in truth IPv6 is still in its infancy in many ways and we have a long way to go before it becomes the standard we know it must become. We have tried to apply lessons learned from IPv4 in policy, deployment and assignment strategy to prevent future issues. However, some problems cannot be discovered and corrected until real world scenarios occur. I believe we will see more and more policy discussion in regards to IPv6 as usage increases and assignments and policies are put to use in the real world.

The changing world of IP brings more challenges to ARIN in the future as their roles and responsibilities shift with the community they support.

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

RFC2050bis is a more simplified and modern version of RFC 2050 – however it drops the concepts of stewardship, ARIN 2013-4 attempts to integrate the missing concepts at the RIR level by defining Registration, Conservation, Routability, and Stewardship. I am in support of both the simplification found in TFC2050bis and the integration of 2013-4 into the RIR policy. However it is clear via PPML that this requires further discussion before moving forward.

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

I am in support of the effort to clear up the LIR/ISP and End-user Definitions; this area has proven difficult for many users to clearly define their service and to request adequate resources for their business model. In addition fees should match the end users actual use of the Resources received from ARIN.

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

I believe that personal opinions are always separate from those of your organization and community although you are certainly influenced by those around you. I try to be open-minded and listen to all discussion before forming my opinion. I especially enjoy the public policy meetings because there are often perspectives presented that I may not have considered but yet are very valid and have sometimes completed changed my vote on a policy.


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