The election statements are published below.
I think it’s fair to say that my first term has been nothing like I expected
when I gave my election speech back in January 2020. I’m proud to have
served with the team that kept LONAP steadfast through uncertain times,
maintaining our acclaimed reliability while still delivering conservative
price reductions each year. I’m especially pleased to have established 10 GE
as the new entry level at the same price as 1 GE - keeping legacy speeds
available to those who need them, while paving the way for easy and
cost-effective upgrades where possible.
My role has also turned out somewhat differently from expected. Some of it
has been visible and planned. The Articles updates we delivered in 2020
offered the opportunity to include other governance improvements. There is
more work to do on transparency and this will be a focus of my second term.
Less visibly, I have helped guide the team into new sales and marketing
territory during a time when traditional means of expanding the membership
was not possible. Updates to the website, the new blog, new marketing
campaigns, and events online and offline, are all still works in progress
and I will continue to steer these.
I stand by everything I said in my 2020 speech; I still believe LONAP needs
to evolve its services to continue bringing value to members in a world
where peering is no longer a simple monetary equation. We have been laying
the groundwork for this, although a time of extreme uncertainty has not been
ideal for rapid change. I am confident that by the time my second term ends,
LONAP will be on better footing to continue its relevance in delivering
interconnection on a mutual basis, with additional services that both bring
value to existing members (without costing them any more) and attract new
members. None of this will however be detrimental to or at the expense of
LONAP’s core mission of interconnection; this is simply an evolution.
LONAP’s focus on a single platform is one of its well-loved strengths and I
firmly support it.
For me, LONAP has always been the IXP that runs quietly unnoticed, keeping
its head down and “just working”. The team often don’t give themselves
enough credit and I’d like to use this opportunity to congratulate them on
overcoming some unprecedented challenges these last years while still
running quietly and “just working”. At the same time, this also means that
LONAP does not get as much exposure as louder exchanges. Marketing and
community-building will be a continued focus for my second term, building on
the successful work achieved so far.
I bring a variety of strengths to the LONAP board, not just technical, and a
breadth of experience as a consultant to networks of various sizes. I am
proud of my contribution so far, and I hope for your support for a second