FAQ: Phase 3 Procedure
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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