We have had another busy month at IAA. After running the first successful online event, we hosted a more technical deep dive on RPKI and are compiling an event program that will take us to the end of the year. Thank you to those who have made suggestions for topics and speakers, and particularly to those who have offered to speak. In September we will have the ACCC explain the broadband performance monitoring system, a topic no doubt many of you are passionate about. The RPKI session also gave us the opportunity to release our own plans to implement RPKI along with route validation, meaning for some of you, some announcements will be dropped. We trust you will all appreciate the cleaner routing table as a result.

I am also knee deep in working through some of the hefty compliance issues that exist for our industry and have had meetings with a range of regulators. The government has recently announced its review into consumer safeguards – is that something members would like us to comment on? You may have seen our press release welcoming the report recommending changes to the assistance and access bill (TOLA), please let us know if there are any other issues you think we should be commenting on. I’m keen to hear your thoughts, so please send them through to ceo@internet.asn.au

By now, members should have received the call for nominations to the IAA Board. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage members to consider what skills and capabilities you want to see on the Board, or even to consider running.

IAA is pleased to be able to welcome back Tanzia Hewer to the Association following her parental leave. Tanzia will be working directly with IAA CEO, Narelle Clark, assisting her with administration tasks, as well as taking on the day to day business operations and governance support for the New Zealand Internet Exchange. It is great to have Tanzia back on the team.

Tanzia’s return also coincides with a move for the Association’s admin team into a new office in Perth CBD. With stunning views over the Swan River, the new office will give the team the opportunity to get together for work on a regular basis. With recent office vacancy rates increasing, we were able to strike a great deal for the space, meaning the staff should be happy there for some time to come.

Members and friends this month enjoyed a deep dive into RPKI implementation as part of our Life Under Lockdown series.

On the topic of ‘How to avoid heists, hijacks and hostages’ the importance of BGP security was covered. Several ways of keeping your routing table secure and in sync with APNIC (and other) authoritative sources were examined.

Tashi Phuntsho from APNIC provided a practical overview on deploying RPKI on your network, and his presentation slide deck is available to download. The event was also live streamed to our Facebook page if you missed it. It is worth a re-watch.

IAA’s timetable for implementing RPKI – including whose routes will be dropped – was outlined at the event. Members are encouraged to check their advertisements match the routes they own, as we will be dropping bogons from 1 September, 2020.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has released the third part of its Consumer Safeguards review. The latest consultation looks to position Australia’s consumer safeguards for a post-2020 environment.

Part C reviews how best to provide choice and fairness in the consumer-provider relationship, including the role of industry self-regulation, legacy consumer protections for traditional phone services, digital inclusion approaches and productivity.

Clearly, there are issues that will affect Internet Service Providers and IAA is considering making a submission, so all comments are welcome as we work to develop an IAA response.

Submissions to the Department are due by 24 August.

We welcome you to share your thoughts and feedback with us by emailing admin@internet.asn.au

Alternatively you can make your own submissions directly to the Department, and feel free to send us a copy if you do.

IAA has been supporting APNIC’s Networking from Home initiative over the last few months.

The final event in the series is on Tuesday 4th August, starting at 11am AEST and we encourage our members to attend.

Listen to Geoff Huston as he looks at the framework of trust in today’s Internet and explores the weakness in the system and what we are (or are not) doing about it.  The full program and details of speakers is on the Networking from Home website.

There will also be a panel on IXPs around the Pacific, looking at the role of community and regulators in the success of IXPs. Our NZIX colleague Tom Paseka, and the IAA CEO, Narelle Clark, will be participating.

Register for the event via the APNIC website

Due to TPG closing the old PIPE DC3 facility in Brisbane, the team recently completed a rearrangement of the network across QLD-IX. We’ve built a new link between the Over The Wire and NextDC B2 facilities in Fortitude Valley, and without interruption to service. All of our systems have now vacated DC3.

Those of you who attended the Life under Lockdown session will have seen the following timetable for IAA’s implementation of RPKI:

Milestone When
Metrics and reporting to members Now
RS1 Upgrades 17th – 18th August, 2020
RS2 Upgrades 24th – 25th August, 2020
Route Server Automation (including AS – SET updates 1st September, 2020
Drop invalid routes 1st September, 2020

We are keen to meet these dates and hope you will all see the benefits of a cleaner routing table. Check out Nick Pratley’s presentation from the event which includes a listing of the routes we will drop, or use lg.ix.asn.au to see what routes are being advertised.

Please let us know if you want more information or need further assistance with the routes we have flagged as invalid.  Email peering@ix.sn.au

Our latest round of switch upgrades has commenced, with SYD1 being the first. We will be migrating over from a single (full!) switch to a pair of X870 switches giving us ample room for growth and a newer, more reliable switch fabric. With two switches in place we will have better redundancy and terminate our intercapital links on more diverse paths.

Outages are being scheduled for 11 and 13 August, and those directly affected will receive explicit outage notices via your nominated contacts.

The Internet Association of Australia would like to invite all members to save the date for our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Date: Tuesday 8th September
Time: 3.00pm AWST / 5.00pm AEST
Location:  Zoom (Video Conference)

We will be holding this year’s AGM online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Further details, including how to register, will be circulated to the voting contacts of the Association’s members.

Please check your voting contacts are up to date by logging into the Member Portal.

We look forward to seeing you at our AGM to share our achievements and plans for the Association over the next year.

The Internet Association of Australia (IAA) welcomes the long awaited release of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s report into the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018. IAA appreciates the considerable effort the INSLM has put into the review, including the time spent with IAA members discussing their concerns.

“Internet service providers need confidence that the orders they receive from law enforcement are properly scrutinised and appropriate,” said Ms Clark, CEO. “If ISPs are being required to undermine the reliability and security of internet services, they must be confident it is for a correspondingly well-founded, serious and life-threatening reason. The INSLM recommendations, if implemented, will go some way towards providing this guarantee.”

The additional scrutiny being proposed by the INSLM, in the form of an Investigatory Powers Commissioner, should be established urgently and provided with the appropriate resources, such as an independent advisory body for technical matters. IAA is willing to assist with such a body, to ensure that the internet industry is properly represented. “Our members have very real challenges in implementing TANs and TCNs, and these need to be taken into account. It has all too often been the case that the realities of implementation and resource requirements are not understood”, Ms Clark said today.

The members of IAA are vital in the provision of a trusted internet and trusted telecommunications, as well as of content and communications services broadly. The Australian community has shown its willingness to rely – and indeed depend on –these providers throughout the pandemic. This trust deserves to be rewarded with corresponding reliability. The creation of systems that undermine that trust – through under-scrutinised access mechanisms, such as TANs and TCNs – will only harm the economy and Australia’s social fabric at a vulnerable time. It is therefore vital that the INSLM’s recommendations be adopted.

Additional matters which are not fully addressed within the report pertain to the compliance burden that IAA members have pointed to previously. The industry bears a considerable compliance burden already, and this type of legislation, of which we have seen considerable amounts over recent years, only adds to it. The level of support required to implement TANs and TCNs is difficult to forecast, and therefore difficult to plan for and cost. Just analysing the requirements of the legislation alone is a challenge for the typical small internet provider.

Further, IAA would like to see greater protections for internet service providers and their staff when acting to protect the communications of Australians or when complying with legislation such as TOLA. IAA is not satisfied that there are sufficient protections for ISP employees acting in good faith in the performance of their duties, and further clarity on the potential for hefty fines or incarceration is urgently required.