Updated: Fri Apr 30 06:13:47 UTC 2021

Seattle Internet Exchange Voter's Guide for Board of Directors Election April 15th through 29th 2021 UTC

Bylaws at https://www.seattleix.net/docs/20170418_Bylaws.pdf define Membership:

  • "In order to qualify for membership a member shall be an operator of an Internet protocol network which has one or more direct connections to the Corporation's switches. A member may be elected or appointed to membership by the Board. Members may have such other qualifications as the Board may prescribe by amendment to these Bylaws."

Each Member may submit one ballot. We are employing Single Transferable Vote (STV) as the voting system. This means that you rank your candidate preferences from most preferred to least preferred. You do not need to rank all the candidates. A later ballot from a representative of a Member will replace a previous ballot from the same Member.

There are 5 seats on the Board of Directors, 3 of which are up for election this year. A Director term is 2 years.

The following schedule applies to Board elections:

  • Through April 14th 23:59:59 UTC 2021: Candidates may submit their candidacy and a maximum 300 word statement, as determined by the POSIX "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 wc -w" command, or revisions to their statement, to secretary@seattleix.net.

  • Through April 14th 23:59:59 UTC 2021: A supporter of a candidate may submit or retract/revise a maximum 150 word endorsement of a candidate, as determined by the POSIX "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 wc -w" command, to secretary@seattleix.net. The Secretary will send it to the candidate, and if approved by the candidate before the cut-off, it will be reachable from the voter's guide.

  • April 15th 2021: A voter registration form will be sent to the SIX "announce@" and "members@" mailing lists. (subscription details: https://www.seattleix.net/faq#ml)

  • April 15th through 29th 23:59 UTC 2021: Voting. (Registrations received after April 28th UTC are not guaranteed to be processed in time for the April 29th 23:59 UTC voting deadline.)

List of Candidates:

Election Results:


  • Erica Hughes Ehnert statement:

    • For 20 years I have been an active member of the SIX through companies large and small.  An important focus of mine is serving the community at large. I have chosen to serve by focusing on how we can maintain an exchange that truly serves the needs of the internet community. I bring a round set of technical skills from many different size and type of networks. I utilize these skills to assist the SIX in its growth and the challenges that exist with operating a large exchange. Since 2015 it has been my pleasure to serve as a SIX board member and provide pager backup. I believe I have much left to offer the membership and the community.

      Thank you for your consideration

      Erica Hughes Ehnert

  • Nikos Mouat statement:

    • As one of the founders of the SIX, I have been continuously involved with the exchange since its inception as a 10M hub in my Westin suite in 1997 and involved in every key decision ever made. I have been a board member and officer since we incorporated in 2001, serving as President since 2003 (and Vice President prior). I have been the primary network architect for multiple organizations connected to the SIX as well as for mid to large sized datacenter organizations and a number of different internet service providers. Through these organizations I have been the point of contact for participation in other exchange points throughout the United States.

      I believe my experience throughout the SIX's history, involvement with a variety of peers, and participation at numerous other exchange points makes me an ideal candidate for re-election to the SIX board.

      Thank you for your consideration.

    Nikos Mouat endorsement:

    • Nikos has been here since the beginning and for good reason. Nikos keeps his heart in the right place and serves as the board’s moderating force, he gets my solid recommendation as a long-time good steward of the SeattleIX’s mission of stability and consistency.

      John van Oppen

  • Steve Perry statement:

    • I have worked in the fiber telecom industry since 2000, during which time I spent many years with both the government and private sectors. Currently, I am the Director of Core Engineering at Wholesail/Ziply Networks, which is one of the largest ISPs in WA State. I feel that it is important to have ISPs represented on the SIX board, and my fresh, unique perspective can bring value to the SIX and its members. I have experience working within governing bodies and have served on several boards including chairing the Telecommunications Committee at the Washington PUD Association. I currently volunteer for the SIX as a backup for Chris Caputo and I am familiar with the system. I want to help grow the SIX and continue making it an industry leader that the other IX’s can emulate.

      Thank you for your consideration.


      Steve Perry

    Steve Perry endorsement:

    • Steve has worked to better the Internet in the northwest for various companies including both public and private, his interests lie in promoting a well connected northwest Internet infrastructure and he is a great fit for the SeattleIX board. I endorse him personally as; a former board member, a longtime participant and his boss at his day Job.

      John van Oppen

  • Chris Rogers statement:

    • I've spent over 15 years in the networking industry, holding various positions in both large and small network service providers, typically involving edge connectivity. During this time, I've grown a strong appreciation for well run, member managed IXPs, such as the SIX.

      I have now worked at three member organizations. In my current role as Director of Network Engineering at CacheFly, a global content delivery network, much of my time is focused on public peering with other networks. In this capacity, I've had the opportunity to interact with many operators connected to the SIX. Aside from CacheFly, I have several years of non-profit and not-for-profit governance experience, in both industry working groups, as well as organizations outside of the networking realm.

      Being a strong proponent of net neutrality, I understand the benefits the SIX provides to member organizations of all sizes, and the critical role it serves in leveling the playing field for all network operators in the region. Protecting this position as the data center and interconnection industry continues to evolve over the next few years is likely to be more challenging than it has been in the past. It's for this reason I've chosen to run for the Board of Directors.

      Thank you for your support.


Voter Registration:

  • SIX Board Election Voter Registration for April 15th-29th UTC election
    NOTE: If you have already received your ballot, feel free to ignore this
    message unless you need to update your previous registration.  Ballots
    were already sent to everyone who voted last year, so please check your
    junk folders if you voted last year, before re-applying to vote.
    We are using a voting website known as BigPulse to conduct the April 15th
    through 29th UTC Seattle Internet Exchange Board election.
    The SIX Board recently ratified new participants as voting members and you
    can check out your organization's status at:
    Before you can get access to the ballot at BigPulse, we need to know that
    you are the sole authorized representative voter for an organization with
    a SIX membership.
    Further, we need to confirm that your organization is not affiliated with
    any other organization intending to vote.  The Bylaws up at
    https://www.seattleix.net/docs/20170418_Bylaws.pdf govern affiliation as
       - '2.3.3 Members who are affiliated with each other are entitled to a
         total of one vote upon each issue or election. "Affiliate" means,
         with respect to a particular person, any entity that directly or
         indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control
         with such person, as judged by the Secretary.'
    If you intend to vote, please complete the following form and send
    it to secretary@seattleix.net.
    1) Organization ASN:
    2) Organization Name:
    3) I am the sole authorized voter for this organization:  (yes or no)
    4) This organization is affiliated (per the definition above) with these
       other ASNs:  (put N/A if not applicable)
    5) Email address to which BigPulse should send the ballot login, if
       different than your own:  (example: peering@example.net)
    The Policy or other contact email address in your organization's SIX or
    PeeringDB record will be informed that you are voting for your
    organization, so please make sure you are pre-authorized to do so.

Past Board Elections:

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020