[ga] GA position on the Structure TF report
There have been several interesting ideas about funding models on
this thread, all of which suffer in one degree or another from
obstacles relating to timing, willingness of those who control purse
strings to go along, transaction costs, etc.
It appears that there is only one option that has any possibility of
implementation any time soon - a self-organized initial cohort of
ALSO participants who are willing to pay a membership fee by credit
card on a secure web site.
Is there interest in an imperfect but feasible option?
There are tens of millions of Internet users who routinely use credit
cards for secure online transactions. The Board previously indicated
that its lower threshold for viability of an At Large organization
was 5,000. $25x5000 = US $125,000, which is at least a start on a
self-sustaining organization. $25x10,000 = $250,000 which sounds
more likely to cover the related costs, assuming that all of the
leadership continues to be volunteer.
As Alexander's quote of Rosa indicates, ISOC could not build a
sustaining individual membership at $35 a year. If ICANN ALSO can't
meet that general type of minimum test, then the prospects for At
Large aren't very good.
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