FAQ: Legacy Internet Resources
- I am a RIPE NCC member. How do I register my legacy Internet resources under my LIR?
- I am not a RIPE NCC member. How can I receive registry services for my legacy Internet resources?
You have four different options:
- You can become a member of the RIPE NCC and have access to RIPE NCC membership services
- You can bring your legacy Internet resources under a sponsoring LIR
- You can opt to enter a non-member service contract with the RIPE NCC
- You can update the registry data of your legacy Internet resources without establishing a formal relationship with the RIPE NCC
Read our comprehensive guide of each option.
- I am the holder of legacy Internet resources that are not being used or that are being partially used. Can I return them to the free address pool?
Yes you can, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. The RIPE NCC will return to IANA any legacy IPv4 address space that is returned to our organisation, following the global policy that enables IANA to redistribute any recovered IPv4 address space equally among the RIRs.
- Can I convert my legacy space to Allocated PA or Assigned PI?
Yes. Legacy space can be converted to a status of “as it had been distributed by the RIPE NCC”. This action is irreversible.
If you are an LIR with legacy space, you can convert it to Allocated PA or Assigned PI space.
If you are a legacy holder and you have registered your legacy space with a sponsoring LIR, you can convert it to Assigned PI space.
- Will registering legacy space affect an IPv4 PA allocation request?
No. Registered legacy space will not be related to your current IPv4 allocations and will not affect a possible request for an IPv4 allocation in any way. Even if you choose to convert your legacy space to Allocated PA, that will not forbid you from requesting your final /22 IPv4 allocation from the last /8.
- How much will it cost to register my legacy Internet resources?
If you are already a member of the RIPE NCC, you will not have to pay any additional fee to register your legacy Internet resources.
If you decide to become a member of the RIPE NCC and register your legacy Internet resources at the same time, you will be charged a one-time sign-up fee of € 2,000 for each new LIR account. The RIPE NCC service fee will be applied pro-rata based on the time of year in which the membership application is submitted.
If you bring your resources under a sponsoring LIR, the cost for the sponsoring LIR will be € 50 per legacy Internet resource.
If you want to sign a non-member service contract with the RIPE NCC, a one time sign-up fee and a pro-rata annual fee will apply.
- I am the legitimate holder of legacy Internet resources for which the contact details in the RIPE Database are outdated. What should I do?
If you are the maintainer of the corresponding objects, please update them as soon as possible. If you are not the maintainer of the corresponding objects then please send an email to email@example.com and we will get in touch with you.
- Can I transfer my legacy Internet resources to another organisation within the RIPE NCC service region?
Yes. Legacy Internet resources can be transferred within the RIPE NCC service region. The RIPE NCC can help by updating the registration information in the RIPE Registry to reflect the new holder of the legacy Internet resources, as long as it is clear who the legitimate holder is. Due diligence is performed to make sure the offering party is the legitimate holder.
Before organising a transfer of legacy Internet resources, either the offering or receiving organisation is encouraged to contact the RIPE NCC to seek clarification on the processes and policies that apply.
If a resource holder wants the RIPE NCC to update the RIPE Registry and the object attributes due to a transfer, then both parts will need to sign the following confirmation.
- I am a member of another RIR and want to transfer my legacy Internet resources to their registry. Can I do this?
Yes. "Policy for Inter-RIR Transfers of Internet Resources" has been implemented and you can check out the Inter-RIR Transfers page for more information.
- What is the “RIPE Registry”?
The RIPE Registry is comprised of the following:
- The public RIPE Database (whois)
- The internal records that the RIPE NCC maintains, which contains information about the legitimate holder of Internet number resources distributed in the RIPE NCC service region.
You can read more about the background of the RIPE Registry and the RIPE NCC's responsibilities as an RIR in ripe-508, "The RIPE Registry".
- I have a question regarding legacy Internet resources that is not answered here. What should I do?
Please first visit RIPE NCC Services to Legacy Internet Resource Holders.
If you can’t find the information you are looking for, you can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.