Updated: Mon Apr 15 00:41:12 UTC 2024

Seattle Internet Exchange Voter's Guide for Board of Directors Election April 15th through 29th 2024 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, 2 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 2024: 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 2024: 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 2024: 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 2024: 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:


  • Patrick W. Gilmore statement:

    • I joined the SIX board in 2008, and have served continuously except for one year.

      For those who do not know me, I was a customer of the SIX (and many other IXPs, obviously) as Akamai Technologies’s Chief Network Architect for several years, including donating the first 10 G port to the SIX. My team and I were heavily involved in the governance & founding of many IXPs around the world, such as TorIX, FranceIX, AMS-IX, etc. As you can see, I have a preference for member-run exchanges, which means SIX suits me quite well. For five years, my team ran the Boston Internet Exchange. While not member-run, it was the largest IXP in New England and let me see how a commercial entity runs an exchange. I recently started at Meta (aka Facebook).

      I have been on the boards of NANOG and PeeringDB. I was a board member of LINX until I was term limited in May of 2017. I was on the board of ARIN from 2017 to 2019.

      I would like the opportunity to continue to help the SIX grow and evolve as traffic and members keep increasing.

    Patrick W. Gilmore endorsement:

    • Patrick has been a strong advocate for the SIX since he became a member in 2005 through his role at Akamai at the time. It was clear to us then that he would be a valuable board member, and we asked him to join the board in 2008. Patrick has been a trusted advisor and sounding board for myself and other SIX officers and has been an ambassador for the SIX at numerous conferences – I can’t emphasize enough how much of an invaluable resource to the SIX he has been.

      I will be voting for Patrick and I urge you to do so also.

      Nikos Mouat, President, Seattle Internet Exchange

  • Kyle Quilliam statement:

    • I am excited to put forth my candidacy for the Board of Directors at the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX). With a solid background in network infrastructure and a keen interest in advancing internet connectivity, I am enthusiastic about the prospect of contributing to SIX's mission in the Pacific Northwest.

      My primary goal is to leverage my experience in fostering local peering relationships among network operators to enhance internet performance and reduce costs for businesses and consumers in the region. By advocating for initiatives that promote collaboration and cooperation within the internet community, I aim to strengthen SIX's position as a vital hub for internet traffic exchange.

      Additionally, I am committed to promoting transparency and accountability within the organization. As a Board member, I will prioritize initiatives that ensure effective governance and oversight, fostering trust and confidence among stakeholders in SIX's operations and decision-making processes. In conclusion, I am eager to bring my skills and expertise to the Board of Directors at SIX and contribute to its continued success.

  • Michael K. Smith statement:

    • I connected my first participant to the exchange in 1997, served as a Technical Advisor for 5 years and on the Board for another 3. If elected, I serve to answer two questions; is what we're about to do going to add stability to the organization or the platform? And, are we sure? We are one of the most stable exchanges globally, so I will work to ensure we don't introduce changes that potentially impact our stability. I wrote that in 2022 for the last election, and it hasn’t changed. The SIX continues remains focused on serving its Members, and as a Board Member I will continue to work to ensure that always remains the case.

    Michael K. Smith endorsement:

    • Mike and I first crossed paths in 1998 when we were both working at regional ISPs. Our paths have crossed many times since, and Mike’s involvement in the SIX began in 2008 as a board observer and we were lucky to have Mike join the board in 2012 for a 3-year run followed by a reprise two years ago. Mike has my full support for a renewed term – I hope that you will vote for Mike as well.

      Nikos Mouat, President, Seattle Internet Exchange

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 Simply Voting 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 a ballot, we need to know that you are the
    sole authorized representative voter for an organization with a SIX
    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 the ballot login should be sent, 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 2021 2022 2023