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ISOC launches Call for PIR Board Member Nominations

The Internet Society (ISOC) seeks a maximum of three highly qualified individuals to serve on the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) for the period 2008-2010. PIR’s business is managing an international registry of .org domain names. The Board meets in person 3-4 times per year. The time commitment is approximately 14-18 full days per year plus additional phone calls and e-mail.

Qualifications sought include:

  • Demonstrated business acumen with significant entrepreneurial, non-commercial and/or marketing skills;
  • understanding and engagement in the retail domain name space;
  • known contributor to the ICANN processes;
  • financial literacy;
  • expertise in the application of Internet technologies to support non-commercial organizations; and
  • experience with the operation and policies of TLD registries.

Global diversity in candidates is desired.
Please forward a statement of interest and qualifications, three references, and a curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience, expertise, and contact information to:

Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO, Internet Society
Please submit materials in attached documents (pdf, .doc, .txt)

For full consideration, please apply by June 11th, 2007. Applications will be evaluated as they are received.

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ISOC 2007 Board of Trustees Election Results

For the election of Trustees by Chapters, there were four candidates and a total of 56 out of 76 (73%) possible ballots. The percentage of chapters participating was much greater than last year.

One position is to be filled for a three year term. In addition, one additional position opened up this year due to an early vacancy. After a complete count, the results are:

  • Patrick Vande Walle
  • Dr. Alejandro Pisanty

As such, Patrick Vande Walle is elected to a new three year term and Dr.Alejandro Pisanty is elected to fill the vacancy for the coming year.

For the election of Trustees by Organization Members, there were had four candidatesand total of 52 of 78 (67%) possible ballots. The percentage of organizational members participating was much greater than last year. After a complete count, factoring in membership-level weighting, the results are:

  • Desiree Miloshevic
  • Dr. Hiroshi Esaki

As such, Desiree Miloshevic and Dr. Hiroshi Esaki are elected for three year terms.

In a separate process, the IETF has selected Ted Hardie to serve for a three year term.

Luxembourg ADSL infrastructure upgraded

At long last, the incumbent operator, P&T, has upgraded its ADSL infrastructure to the ADSL2+ standard. As a result, download speeds now range from 2 to 15 Mbits/s.  This is  most welcome, as  it moves Luxembourg back into the top 30 leading countries with broadband access. The icing on the cake is that this is being done with no additional subscription fees.

Many competing ISPs (Visual Online, Luxembourg Online, Alternet, Tele2)  use the P&T infrastructure. Hence , their offers have been adapted, too. I guess it will only take weeks before the competing infrastructure provider, Cegecom, will offer the same speeds, too.

A few months ago, the Luxembourg chapter of ISOC launched a survey among the Internet users. The main finding was that the users were unhappy with the slowish speed of their “broadband” connection. While I would not dare to say that this report changed the landscape, I think it nevertheless contributed to speed up the deployment of the new DSLAMs.

Usenet is back

From discussions we had with members of the Luxembourg ISOC chapter, it appears that ISPs over here do a terrible job at offering a good Usenet service. Some people complained that they had to buy the service elsewhere. Others just gave up because their ISP was not carrying the groups they wished and offered a very limited choice.

Strange, because offering good Usenet service is neither difficult  nor expensive. In less than 2 weeks, we have been able to offer to our members a good service, with multiple peers, all of which do it for free. How come a volunteer not-for-profit can do what a commercial ISP cannot ?
This is quite typical of the mostly general attitude of ISPs over here, which is along the lines of “Pay your subscription and don’t complain”. will be removed

The last Usenet group about ISOC has been deleted today. The times they are a changin’