The North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), which is little known outside of the technical community but serves a vitally important role in the successful functioning of the Internet, has decided to organize under 501(c)3 status. To date, NANOG had its meetings and activities organized under the auspices of Merit, a Michigan-based educational and networking research non-profit which managed NSFNet, the precursor to the modern Internet. Since 1994, the NANOG mailing list has served as a primary method of inter-carrier communication in the region, used to share information and resolve operational problems. There are lots of questions being asked and explanations being offered about the transition. How the change will impact NANOG's activities and the operators who participate is to be determined, but it represents another step in the continuing formalization of Internet governance institutions.
View the announcement: http://mailman.nanog.org/pipermail/nanog/2010-April/021188.html
Followup questions here on NANOG-Futures: http://mailman.nanog.org/pipermail/nanog-futures/2010-April/thread.html