Membership Plans

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Membership Plans

In the process to determine the appropriate Membership Plan the following criteria are taken into consideration:

  • Number of customers
  • Internet Telecommunications Bandwidth (International/Local)
  • Scale of server rack space and allocated IP blocks
  • Revenue/Turnover
  • Profits
  • Number of employees
  • Traffic Volumes
  • Internet Call minutes

Even so, self-selection is accepted, in some cases, since many of these figures are often inter-mixed with the wider business activities of each organisation. In this case the application is submitted for approval to the Board of Directors who then analyse it and have the right to either accept it or negotiate it.

The Membership Plans are divided into two main categories:
 

Standard Membership

Organisations which provide Internet access, e-mail or hosting services to the public or businesses in the Irish Market or from Ireland into overseas markets. More info…

 

Standard Membership is divided into four different plans.

NOTE: the criteria used to decide the Membership Plan is offered only as guidance!

Platinum Membership

This level is appropriate for large organisations which have a large customer base – commercial or consumer – and/or large traffic volumes, large scale hosting facilities, international bandwidth/colocation and organisations whose revenue Jan-Dec exceeded €7m. Members at this level can appoint one Director to the Board of the Association.
Fee for this Membership Plan is €18,000

Gold Membership

This level is appropriate for medium sized organisations which might not have a large number of customers but would have considerable traffic volumes and/or large hosting facilities, or run larger Irish-based Internet operations serving overseas markets and organisations whose revenue Jan-Dec did not exceed €7m. Members at this level can appoint one Director to the Board of the Association.
Fee for this Membership Plan is €8,500

Silver Membership

This level is appropriate for organisations which have medium or smaller scaled Internet access and/or hosting services or run smaller Irish-based Internet operations serving overseas markets and organisations whose revenue Jan-Dec did not exceed €3.5m. Members at this level cannot appoint a Director to the Board of the Association but may stand for election as a Director at a General Meeting of the Company.
Fee for this Membership Plan is €3,500

Bronze Membership

This level is appropriate to organisations which may not view themselves as full service Access and/or Hosting providers but have a vested interest in being part of self-regulation of the Internet due to the services offered. Organisations whose revenue Jan-Dec did not exceed €1.5m Members at this level may be invited by the agreement of membership to join the Board.
Fee for this Membership Plan is €2,100

 

Associate Membership

Organisations which do not necessarily offer the range of services to justify standard membership or are newly established or Start-Up and Micro Provider and, who wish to participate in the ISPAI and benefit from being part of Industry self-regulation. More info…

 

Associate Membership is divided into two different plans:
 

A. Local Provider or Internet Business Associate Membership €800

In recognition of the many smaller ISPs which do not fit the SME criteria below, the ISPAI now has a Local Provider or Internet Business Associate Membership. Members at this level can attend all members’ meetings, contribute and vote on policy issues. Members can also be elected onto Working Group Committee’s (e.g. WISP, or Wireless Internet Service Providers’ group). However, they cannot normally stand for election to the Board nor vote at General Meetings of the Company.
Fee for this Membership Plan is €800
 
In order to be eligible for this Membership Plan you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Revenue in 2015 did not exceed €750,000.
  • The business must be a private limited company (not publicly quoted) with owner directors or a sole-trader / partnership
    OR
    The business can be a subsidiary of a parent company(ies) that is (are) not publicly quoted nor owned or part-owned by state or semi-state entities.

B. Start-Up and Micro-Provider Associate Membership €400

Members at this level can attend all members’ meetings, contribute and vote on policy issues. Members can also be elected onto Working Group Committee’s (e.g. WISP, or Wireless Internet Service Providers’ group). However, they cannot normally stand for election to the Board nor vote at General Meetings of the Company.
Fee for this Membership Plan is €400


In order to be eligible for this Membership Plan you have to meet the following criteria:

  • The business must be a private limited company (not publicly quoted) with owner directors or a sole-trader / partnership
    Alternatively
    The business can be a subsidiary of a parent company(ies) that is (are) not publicly quoted nor owned or part-owned by state or semi-state entities.

Assuming the business qualifies on the above, it must also meet the following conditions:

  • Revenue in Jan-Dec did not exceed €250,000.
  • It is a start-up operation with 15 or fewer employees, (including the owners or directors who work in the business themselves) that commenced trading after 1st Jan. of the previous year.

    OR

  • It is a small enterprise having 5 or fewer employees (including the owners or directors who work in the business themselves). That is, it may have been trading prior to 1st Jan. of the previous year.

    AND in either case:

 
 

NOTE:

  • Acceptance of Membership Applications, under the Small Enterprise Associate Membership Plan, are at the sole discretion of the Directors of the ISPAI.
  • A three year limit normally applies on this plan and might be extended in special circumstances, at the discretion of the Directors of the ISPAI.

Associate Members enjoy the benefits of full membership, they may take part in members meetings and contribute to ISPAI policy development but are not entitled to stand for election as a Director of the ISPAI Ltd., though they may be invited or co-opted by the Board to do so, nor are they entitled to vote at ISPAI Ltd. company meetings (i.e. AGMs or EGMs). They can take part in special Working Groups established to develop policy detail.