The community was told at the IETF 69 Wednesday Evening Plenary
Session to expect a meeting fee increase for IETF 70 in Vancouver.
The purpose of this message it to advise you of the amount of the
increase and provide the reasons for the increase.
We are into September, which means two-thirds of 2007 is now behind
us. We know what our IETF expenses have been year-to-date, and we
can project our expenses for the rest of 2007. We also know that our
meeting revenue for the first two meetings have been below
expectation as a result of attendance averaging one hundred fewer
attendees per meeting than anticipated. With this information, we
can see that the operations will incur a shortfall of more than $200K
if we do not take actions for the Vancouver meeting.
Accordingly, the IAOC will increase the IETF meeting fee for the
Vancouver meeting by $100. By taking this action, our deficit for
all of 2007 should be reduced by almost half.
To address the remaining deficit, we will continue to work with the
Internet Society staff in their efforts to attract additional host
and sponsorship support for the Vancouver meeting and to reduce
expenses wherever possible without impacting the meeting and
experience of the attendees. To date, we have received generous
contributions from Microsoft and Telus, which are appreciated, but
are not enough to make Vancouver a fully hosted meeting.
With respect to what happens in 2008, please note that the IAOC has
not made any decisions yet about meeting fees for next year, but we
will be actively evaluating the cost of delivering essential
services, looking at new approaches to raise additional revenue,
and taking another look at future meeting locations with the goal of
increasing meeting attendance.
More financial information is available at: http://iaoc.ietf.org/
budget.html. In particular see Budget Overview and Year End Forecast.
As a final point of information, please be advised that registration
for the Vancouver meeting will begin this week.
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