The presentation discusses the process of becoming a 501c3 transit ISP and the challenges faced by the organization. It also highlights the importance of legal and technical policies in ensuring compliance and protecting user privacy.
- The organization went through a process of becoming a 501c3 transit ISP, which involved choosing an NTEE code and submitting an application to the IRS.
- The process was not as difficult as expected and did not require the assistance of a CPA or lawyer.
- The organization received a large number of automated abuse complaints, which were mostly related to spam and SSH attacks.
- The organization developed legal and technical policies to ensure compliance with DMCA safe harbor and protect user privacy.
- The organization faces challenges in terms of network redundancy, IPv4 exhaustion, and finding technical volunteers.
The organization made a mistake by leasing IP space from their upstream ISP instead of running as a middle relay until they got their own IP scopes. This resulted in the ISP threatening to charge them for abuse complaints. However, the organization had already received approval for their own IP scope and was in transition to using it.