Aims and Objectives
- To act as an open forum for operational, technical and
engineering information exchange, co-operation and co-ordination
between Internet, Ethernet and other public telecommunications network
operators within the United Kingdom.
- To pro-actively support the sharing of knowledge, ideas and best
practices to enhance the effective, stable and secure operation of
the UK's Internet infrastructure as a whole.
- UKNOF's remit is technical, and any discussion or activities
involving commercial, legal or political issues should be limited to
where they have a direct impact on technical aspects of network
operations. UKNOF's mailing lists may not be used for promotion
of commercial activities or products.
- Participation in UKNOF events, mailing lists, and other
activities is targetted at those actively involved in UK network
implementation and operations, but is open to any interested party.
This includes but is not limited to companies, non-commercial
organisations and individual professionals. "Membership"
is defined as all those who attend events and/or participate in
- To hold meetings at least 3-4 times a year, operate
informational mailing lists, and host a web site in support of the
aims. Where needed, to offer other services not readily available
elsewhere in support of the objectives.
- At least one meeting per year inside London area
- At least one meeting per year outside London area
- To form working groups as required to address particular
requirements or issues. Policies to be defined by consensus
amongst meeting participants.
- To liase with other network co-ordination bodies, including but
not limited to RIPE, NANOG, other (inter)-national NOGs, IETF,
Internet Exchange operators, Domain Name Registries, the Internet
Society, trade associations, and self-regulation bodies.
- To act as an informed, respected and objective source of technical
knowledge and education for governments, regulators, law enforcement,
other public servants and the media with an interest in Internet
operations. To avoid direct lobbying activities unless there is
strong consensus amongst participants that proposed legislation will have
a direct adverse impact on technical aspects of network operations.
- To promote and encourage use of open, non-proprietary standards
based upon IP technology for network operation. To encourage and
facilitate the eventual migration of UK network infrastructure to
- A Programme Committee of 8-12
volunteer individuals including Chair. Appointment to the Programme
Committee is subject to ratification by the Funding Council. The
Programme Committee's primary role is to solicit and approve speakers
and presentations for UKNOF meetings.
- A Funding Council comprising
representatives of those Subscriber Sponsor organisations who
make a commitment to underwrite UKNOF's activities on an annual
basis. This commitment will usually comprise a subscription in cash or
in kind of at least £1000 per annum value. The Funding Council
provides governance and oversight of UKNOF activities in accordance
with this Charter.
- A Secretariat which is contracted to provide administrative,
accounting and other services as required for the operation of UKNOF
on a renewable basis. Since 2005 this has been provided by
- UKNOF will operate on a non-profit basis, and it is intended that
meeting costs will be covered primarily by Vendor Sponsor dues
in order to allow low-cost participation for the widest range of
- Revenues in support of UKNOF activities may come from registration
fees, sponsorship, and potentially subscriptions for specific services