FAQ: Resource Allocations
- I have a range of IP addresses but my ISP says the range belongs to them. Who owns the IP addresses I use?
IP addresses are a shared public resource.
The LIRs assign IP address space to meet the needs of network operators, including themselves. The hierarchical manner in which the public Internet addresses are distributed permits the aggregation of routing information. Aggregation ensures proper operation of Internet routing.
A clear contractual arrangement that specifies the validity and duration of the address assignment is strongly recommended for every address assignment.
- I want to use my IP addresses for a specific purpose. Does the RIPE NCC allow this?
The RIPE NCC requires that LIRs adhere to the RIPE community's policies in their use of the Internet resources that are allocated to them. The RIPE NCC does not act as a regulator of the Internet in its service region.
- How much should an LIR be charging for requesting IP space on my behalf?
IP addresses are a public resource and should not be bought or sold. It is reasonable, however, for an LIR to charge a fee for administering the address space that they assign to you. The RIPE NCC has not stipulated a charging schedule. This is left to the discretion of the membership.
- Why does the RIPE NCC not deal with the customers of an LIR?
The LIRs represent the RIPE NCC on a local level. They are responsible for the distribution and registration of Internet resources within their local areas. The LIRs must also ensure that policies and procedures are followed. ISP customers should direct any questions to the LIR from which they take service.
- I want to route my IP addresses under another Autonomous System Number (ASN). Is this allowed?
The RIPE NCC does not control any ISP's routing policies. This is left to the discretion of the ISPs involved.
- I have IP addresses issued to me a long time ago. The records are not up-to-date in the RIPE Database.
Organisations using such assignments should contact an LIR in their region who can contact our Registration Services department on their behalf. Requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- What is the difference between an allocation and an assignment?
An allocation is the address space that the RIPE NCC sets apart for an LIR’s future use.
RIPE NCC ⇨ LIR
An assignment is address space taken by an LIR from their allocation and given to an End User or used in the LIR’s own infrastructure.
LIR ⇨ End User or LIR ⇨ itself
LIR’s Allocation e.g : /19
- As an LIR, am I required to register assignments in the RIPE Database?
Yes. The RIPE community's policies require LIRs to register an inetnum object in the RIPE Database for their own infrastructure and customers' networks. LIRs must ensure registration information is correct and up to date at all times. This information suports network operations and contributes to a reliable Internet.