Requesting Independent Resources
The RIPE NCC can no longer assign IPv4 Provider Independent (PI) address space as it is now using the last /8 of IPv4 address space that it holds. IPv4 address space from this last /8 is allocated according to section 5.6 of IPv4 Address Allocation and Assignment Policies for the RIPE NCC Service Region. IPv4 Provider Aggregatable (PA) Address space can only be allocated to RIPE NCC members.
You can only request IPv6 assignments and Autonomous System Numbers through a Sponsoring LIR (a RIPE NCC member)
Requesting Resources through an LIR
Best common practice states that PA address space is the only way to scale the Internet and minimise the number of routes.
As an End User, you can request independent Internet number resources - IPv6 Provider Independent (PI) address space, Autonomous System (AS) Numbers, an IPv4 IXP assignment or an IPv6 IXP assignment - through a sponsoring LIR (a RIPE NCC member).
To do this, you must contact an LIR and request an assignment through them. The sponsoring LIR will then request resources from the RIPE NCC on your behalf. To obtain these resources, the End User needs to have a contractual relationship with a sponsoring LIR.
Contractual Requirements for Provider Independent Resource Holders in the RIPE NCC Service Region
In 2008, the RIPE community accepted the policy "Contractual Requirements for Provider Independent Resource Holders in the RIPE NCC Service Region".
The implementation of this policy involves establishing contracts for 34,000 existing Independent Resources assigned within the RIPE NCC service region. The implementation was split into three phases and the RIPE NCC is now in Phase 3.