What is a Local Internet Registry (LIR)?

"Local Internet Registry" (LIR) is the term used to describe RIPE NCC members. LIRs are responsible for the distribution and registration of address space at a local level. LIRs ensure that Internet number resource allocation policies and procedures that are proposed, discussed and accepted by the RIPE community are followed on a local level. The majority of RIPE NCC members are:

  • Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that need to assign and allocate address space to their own customers
  • Telecommunication organisations/academic institutions that require large blocks of address space for their own networks

Large corporations, governments and regulators also become members.