[lir-wg] Re: 50% increase in RIPE fees ? Since when ?
Mon Nov 25 17:44:45 CET 2002
> Activities of the RIPE NCC, including its operation and > yearly fee structure, are approved by the membership as > proposed in the annual RIPE NCC Activity Plan. The RIPE NCC > Activity Plan is formed on input from the RIPE community > and users of RIPE NCC services. you forgot to add "... and can be read in a locked filing cabinet in the basement, stored in a disused lavoratory marked beware of the leopard." Or whatever the full quote is. > Due to the economic situation, we saw substantially less > influx of new members over the course of the last twelve > months than forecast, also we have lost member due to > closures and mergers. As a result of that, the RIPE NCC > will have a sizeable deficit this year. But the costs are increasing ? No, that's not right. Less 'customers', less 'costs'. A drop in membership results in a 50% increase in costs ? I charge that there must be some gross inefficiencies, bad management practicies and even potentially some nest-feathering going on. I *know* I am out of touch, I do not have the time or money to attend ever broom-cupboard meeting held by RIPE. Is there an independent board that is charged with overseeing that money is not wasted in lean years ? As a not-for-profit company, this is the least I would expect. If there is, how on earth did they approve a 50% increase in fees (resulting in a 4% increase in expenditure ?) > The RIPE NCC appreciates membership feedback and encourages > active participation by our members. I thank you for the stock reply, but now how about some genuine discussion ? For example, how do we seperate the entitities that are RIPE and RIPE-NCC ? Peter
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