FAQ: Phase 3 Procedure

Show or Hide answer What is the RIPE NCC?

The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally.

 

You can find more information about the RIPE NCC on its website.

Show or Hide answer Why did I receive this email?

Your email address is listed as the contact address in the RIPE Database object for the independent Internet number resource the RIPE NCC contacted you about. You are receiving this email because no contractual link is in place between the resource holder and a sponsoring LIR or the RIPE NCC.

Show or Hide answer What is a Local Internet Registry (LIR)?

Local Internet Registry (LIR) is a term used to describe the members of the RIPE NCC. They are called LIRs because they are responsible for the distribution of address space and registration of the address space on a local level. LIRs also ensure that policies and procedures are followed on the local level. Organisations that become LIRs are mainly Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that assign and allocate address space on to their customers, telecom and enterprise organisations, as well as academic institutions. For more information about LIRs, please see the Membership section.

LIRs can also request independent Internet number resources (AS Numbers, Provider Independent (PI) address space, Anycast assignments or IPv6 Internet Exchange Point (IXP) address space) for their End Users.

Show or Hide answer Why do I need to sign an agreement with a sponsoring LIR or the RIPE NCC?

The RIPE community accepted the policy "Contractual Requirements for Provider Independent Resource Holders in the RIPE NCC Service Region" in 2009. The policy document says that End Users of Provider Independent Resources need to have a contractual relationship with the RIPE NCC either through a sponsoring LIR or directly with the RIPE NCC for the purposes of managing the resources assigned to them.

Show or Hide answer What is a sponsoring LIR?

Any LIR can be described as a "sponsoring" LIR if it facilitates an End User obtaining independent Internet number resources directly from the RIPE NCC. A sponsoring LIR will set up an End User Assignment Agreement with their customer (the End User) and request the resources from the RIPE NCC on their behalf. As indicated in the End User Assignment Agreement, the sponsoring LIR is responsible for keeping the registration data up to date. This includes helping the End User to update their objects if required, or if new contacts need to be added or if the routing policy of the End User changes. It also includes informing the RIPE NCC if the assignments are no longer required, or if the contract is changed or otherwise terminated.

Show or Hide answer What is an End User Assignment Agreement?

The End User Assignment Agreement is an agreement that meets the requirements as outlined in the document "Contractual Requirements for Provider Independent Resource Holders in the RIPE NCC Service Region". Such an agreement must be set up between the End User of independent Internet number resources and a sponsoring LIR, or (in the case of a Direct Assignment User) between the End User of independent Internet number resources and the RIPE NCC. This agreement requires that registration of the independent Internet number resources be kept up to date. The RIPE NCC must be informed of any changes to the contractual arrangement, including if an End User moves to another LIR or ceases to exist. At the minimum, an End User Assignment Agreement between an End User ("resource holder") and sponsoring LIR should include the following:

  • The sponsoring LIR is responsible for liaising with the resource holder to keep registration records up to date

  • The resource holder is obliged to provide up-to-date registration data to the LIR and that some or all of this registration data will be published in the RIPE Database

  • None of the Provider Independent resources may be sub-assigned to a third party

  • Notice that the resource holder is obliged to pay an annual fee to the LIR for the resources

A clear statement that the resources will return by default to the RIPE NCC if:

  • The resource holder cannot be contacted

  • The annual fee to the LIR is not paid

  • A clear statement that the use of resources is subject to RIPE Policies as published on the RIPE website. These policies may be amended from time to time.

Show or Hide answer Are you an End User and would you like a second opinion or to escalate the way your case is handled?

You can ask for it in your ongoing emails with the RIPE NCC.
A team of IP Resource Analysts will review your request and escalate further to the Registration Services Management Team if necessary.
The Registration Services Management Team will explore all options again in an effort to come to a satisfactory solution.

If no agreement can be reached after escalation, the End User's potential sponsoring LIR can object to the RIPE NCC's decision via the Arbiters Panel.