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Chapter III - Members: Categories, Conditions for Being Admitted and Disciplinary Regime

Chapter 3

Members: Categories, confitions for being admitted and disciplinary regime

ARTICLE 6:

The following member categories are established:Active members:

  1. Active members:

    • Active "A" Members: Those receiving IP address space directly from LACNIC, those receiving IP address space indirectly through national registries in accordance with the contracts between LACNIC and said registries, or those who received from ARIN address space that is part of the address space awarded to LACNIC, and who request admittance


    • Active Founding Members: The following organizations:  AHCIET (Hispano-American Association of Research Centers and Telecommunications Companies), CABASE (Argentine Chamber of Databases and Online Services), CGI-Br (Brazilian Internet Steering Committee), eCOMLAC (Latin American and Caribbean Internet and e-Commerce Federation), ENRED (Network Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean) and NIC-Mx (NIC Mexico).



  1. Adhering Members:  Those who agree with LACNIC's objectives, request admittance and are included in one of the following categories:

    • Organizations based in Latin America and the Caribbean or which conduct their business mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean and are involved in Internet development and/or made up by Internet service providers, make a significant contribution to Internet policies in the LAC region, agree with LACNIC's objectives and request their admittance.


    • Organizations that manage IP addresses that are not part of the address space allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean but are geographically located in Latin America or the Caribbean


    •  Any person, company or organization designated as such by decision of LACNIC's General Member Assembly in recognition of their activities in furtherance of LACNIC's objectives.


    •  Any natural or legal person who makes a significant financial contribution to LACNIC.



* Article modified at the Member Assemblies held on 24 April 2003 and 3 May 2016.

ARTICLE 7:

Members shall have the following rights:

  1. Active "A" Members:


    1. To make use of the various services available to members.


    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.


    3. To request the summoning of an Extraordinary Member Assembly (Article 14).


    4. To participate in Assemblies with voice and vote and to be elected to be part of the governing bodies.



  2. Active Founding Members:
    1. To make use of the various services available to members.


    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.


    3. To request the summoning of an Extraordinary Member Assembly (Article 14).


    4. To participate in Assemblies with voice and vote and to be elected to be part of the governing bodies.



  3. Adhering Members:
    1. To make use of the various services available to members, except those relating to Internet resources.


    2. To present before the Board of Directors any initiative that will favor the enhancement of the institution.


    3. To participate in the General Member Assembly without the right to vote.



* Article modified at the Member Assemblies held on 31 March 2004 and 3 May 2016.

ARTICLE 8:

The members have the following obligations:

  1. pay the ordinary and extraordinary contributions established by the Assembly;
  2. comply with the other obligations imposed by the bylaws, the rules and the resolutions of the Assembly and the Board.

ARTICLE 9:

Any member who no longer meets the membership requirements set forth in these Bylaws shall lose their member status. Members who fall behind on payment of their membership fee or any other established contribution shall have their membership status automatically suspended. Should such late payment of a membership fee or any other established contribution continue beyond the deadlines established by LACNIC policies, the defaulting member shall automatically lose its membership status. Before requesting their readmission, suspended members must proceed to pay the outstanding balance of their membership fees or other contributions owed to the organization on the date of their suspension. Membership status may also be lost due to resignation or expulsion.

* Article modified at the Member Assembly held on 3 May 2016.

ARTICLE 10:

The Board may apply the following penalties to the members:

  1. admonishment,


  2. suspension, for a maximum period of one year,


  3. expulsion, to be graduated according to the seriousness of the misdemeanor, and the circumstances of each case considering the following causes:


    1. Non-fulfillment of the obligations imposed by the bylaws, rules or resolutions of the Assemblies and the Board,


    2. notorious bad behavior,


    3. voluntary harm to LACNIC, provocation of serious disorders, or behaving in a way which is notoriously harmful to the interests of the membership.


ARTICLE 11:

The disciplinary penalties referred to in the preceding article will be decided by the Board once the party involved has presented his defense. In all cases the affected party can resort to an appeal to the first Assembly to be held, within a period of 30 days of notification of the penalty. The interposition of this resource will have a suspensive effect. Regarding his rights as a member, in the supposed case that the penalized member holds office in one of the administration or control organs, these may suspend him in this capacity until the corresponding Assembly has resolved his case.

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