Public Affairs MissionThere are four elements to the Public Affairs mission
- To monitor developments in relative policy areas
- To inform members
- To educate decision makers on public policy and others with influence over public policy decisions
- To persuade policy makers to adopt decisions consisten with our members’ interests
“The exceptional Public Affairs engagement work is something LINX champions above others, and can justifiably be proud of.”
Niall Donaghy, GEANT (AS21320)
LINX’s Public Affairs activities are organised according to three geographical categories:
LINX is incorporated in the UK and subject to UK law, so the UK is our home jurisdiction. We recognise that many of our members also have business elsewhere, and a considerable number have only very tenuous connection to the UK, but all members share an interest in the UK being a good place for network operators to do business, at least to the extent of supporting interconnection and peering.
Now the UK has left the European Union, it is free to legislate in ways that may deviate from EU law, but the EU remain an extremely important influence on UK public policy, and the most important foreign influence. EU law continues to affect many of our members directly, and the EU claims the right to impose EU law on Internet services established anywhere in the world, if the service is used by an EU citizen or organisation.
LINX members benefit from our ability to influence EU policy through our partners at EuroISPA in three ways:
- because of the indirect effect this has on influencing UK policy;
- by mitigating unnecessary and undesirable divergence at the EU end (in tandem with equivalent efforts at the UK end), and
- because LINX members have a direct interest in the regulatory environment in the EU, either as an important foreign market for them or, in the case of many LINX members, as their home market.
LINX also engages with certain environments for the development of relevant policy that have global scope, particularly in the area of global Internet governance. This includes the technical management organisations of the Internet technical community known as the “I* institutions”: the Internet Society, the Regional Internet Registries, ICANN and the IETF.
On occasion, LINX engages directly or indirectly with international intergovernmental institutions that develop global policy or the precursors of policy, such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, and various UN institutions, as appropriate to the topic and subject to LINX’s practical capacity to make an impact.
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