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    • Dear Colleagues,

      On behalf of Andy Linton, Policy SIG chair, I would like to inform you
      that the final comment period of prop-108-v002 has ended as follows.

      ____________________________________________________________________

      prop-108-v002: Suggested changes to the APNIC Policy Development Process
      _____________________________________________________________________


      Dear colleagues

      The eight-week final comment period for the proposal 'Suggested changes 
      to the APNIC Policy Development Process' has ended.

      During the comment period there were no objections raised to the 
      proposal. The Chairs therefore deem that consensus has been maintained
      on the proposal.

      We formally request that the APNIC Executive Council endorse this
      proposal.

      For a detailed history of this proposal see:



      Regards

      APNIC Policy SIG Chairs

      Andy, Masato



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      prop-108-v002: Suggested changes to the APNIC Policy Development Process

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      Proposers:     Dean Pemberton <dean at internetnz dot net dot nz>
                               Izumi Okutani <izumi at nic dot ad dot jp>


      1.  Introduction
      ----------------------

      At APNIC 35 in Singapore, Policy-SIG co-chair Masato Yamanishi delivered
      a presentation [PSIG35-1] outlining a number of inconsistencies or areas
      of sub-optimisation within the documentation governing the current APNIC
      Policy Development Process.  This policy proposal outlines one part of
      the documentation that are inconsistent or do not match with the reality
      of how the process is implemented.  It also describes the problem and
      seeks to offer ways to change the required documentation to optimise
      the APNIC PDP in these areas in collaboration with the community.


      2.  Problem Statement
      --------------------------------

      Yamanishi-san highlighted a number of inconsistencies in his
      presentation.  This proposal seeks to address one of these issues.

      The relevant steps in the PDP [APNICPDP-1] to be addressed in this
      proposal are presented below for reference purposes:


        - Step 3
          Discussion after the OPM Proposals that have reached consensus at
          the OPM will be circulated on the appropriate SIG mailing list for a
          period of eight weeks. This is known as the "comment period".


      .  The length of the required comment period for successful policy
         proposals after the AMM
         ---------------------------------------------------------------

         As above Section 4 of APNIC PDP document requires that ÃProposals
         that have reached consensus at the OPM will be circulated on the
         appropriate SIG mailing list for a period of eight weeks. This is
         known as the "comment period".

         In practice, once a proposal has been through discussion on the
         mailing list, been presented an OPM for further discussion, and
         successfully demonstrated consensus of the community, there are
         little or no comments generated within the eight week subsequent
         comment period. Most concerns are raised within two weeks after the
         call for final comments.  It should also be noted that there has not
         been a case where a new opinion raised more than four weeks after the
         call for final comments. Chairs should be able to judge whether there
         are substantial concerns for the consensus within a shorter period.

         Eight weeks is a significant amount of time to allow for additional
         comments after a policy proposal has gained consensus at the OPM.  It
         is in fact longer than the entire discussion period under which the
         proposal was presented.

         At present all the 8 week comment period serves to do is
         significantly delay the implementation of policy which been
         demonstrated to have the consensus of the community.


      3. Objective of Policy Change
      ----------------------------------------

      To optimise and/or disambiguate procedures carried out under the current
      APNIC PDP.


      4. Proposed Policy Solution
      -------------------------------------

      This section will propose a change which seeks to resolve the problem
      outlined above.


         The length of the required comment period for successful policy
         proposals after the AMM
         ---------------------------------------------------------------

         In order to allow for the shortening of this period, Step 3 of the
         PDP should be replaced with:

         --------[APNICPDP-1]--------

         Proposals that have reached consensus at the OPM and the AMM will be
         circulated on the appropriate SIG mailing list for a period, the
         duration of which will not be shorter than four weeks but no longer
         than eight weeks.  The decision to extend more than four weeks,
         including the duration of the extension will be determined at the
         sole discretion of the Chair.

         This is known as the "comment period".

         --------[APNICPDP-1]--------


      5.  Pros/Cons
      ------------------

      Advantages:

         The changes outlined above will ensure that the APNIC PDP is kept
         inline with best current practice of the operation of the SIGs

      Disadvantages:

         None at present


      6.  Impact on APNIC
      ----------------------------

      These changes will ensure that the development of policy within APNIC
      continues to occur in a standardised, consistent framework.


      7.  References
      --------------------

      [APNICPDP-1] APNIC policy development process - 19 February 2004

      [PSIG35-1] Yamanishi, M., ÃAPNIC35 Policy-SIG Informational: Questions
      for Clarification in the APNIC PDPÃ, APNIC 35, Singapore, 28 February
      2013.  Accessed from