Connecting with the Caribbean Internet Community

By Sean Hopkins - Policy Analyst, ARIN

This past week, ARIN joined forces with the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) for the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations’ (CANTO) 32nd Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As usual, the welcoming nature of the Caribbean was in full effect, with little mystery as to who the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) are or why they were present. We had the opportunity to speak with many stakeholders from both the ARIN and LACNIC regions, as well as answer questions about both IPv4 and IPv6 usage, our IPv4 waiting list, ASN requests, Internet Exchange Point (IXP) allocations, IPv6 implementation strategies, and much more!

We were fortunate to have a presence not only on the expo floor, but in the speaking rotation as well. Leslie Nobile, ARIN’s Senior Director of Global Registry Knowledge, joined Kevon Swift, LACNIC’s Head of Strategic Relations and Integration, on the “Aligning the Caribbean ICT Calendar” panel discussion to provide updates on IPv6 adoption and RIR initiatives in the Caribbean and beyond. As we continue to encourage the Caribbean Internet community to bring their unique experience and needs to the Internet number resource policy development process, we look for additional opportunities to educate the Caribbean Internet community about everything from requesting Internet number resources to the latest public policy discussions.

Throughout the week we were able to engage with a wide range of community members, and CANTO provided one of the most open and conducive shows for Caribbean engagement that we have had the pleasure of attending. If you did not get a chance to stop by the ARIN/LACNIC booth and would like to participate in our Internet number resource policy discussions and development, ARIN offers a fellowship program to send up to five people per region to each Public Policy and Members Meeting held in the spring and fall of each year. In addition to fellowships, we also offer full remote participation options in case attending in person is not possible. This October we will be headed to Dallas, Texas, and in April 2017, we will make our way to New Orleans, Louisiana, so we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting! We depend on the participation of all of our members to make sure we’re able to meet the needs of our entire region. No matter where you reside, if you are looking to get more involved in ARIN, here are a few places you can start:

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POST WRITTEN BY:

Sean Hopkins

Policy Analyst, ARIN