Daniel.Karrenberg at ripe.net
Tue Oct 5 09:51:35 UTC 1993
> scottw at internic.net (Scott Williamson) writes:
> First someone must provide the definition for : What is a provider?
> Do we just give a block to any one who said they are a provider?
> This question has been batted around over and over with no answer. It
> sound simple but we get some very small operation asking for their own
> block. Shouldn't their current next level provider be involved to some
> extent with these smaller operations?
FYI here is what we do at the RIPE NCC:
- We ask them for their own estimates on what they will need
- within one year
- within 2 years
We ask for estimates whith some justification. This usually gives us some
idea of what they are about.
- If the above does not give us enough information we will use any sources
available to us.
- If we conclude that delegating a whole block is not justified at that point
we will delegate part of a block. After all a block is not a
- Crucial: We always tell them more than once that this is just the initial
procedure and once they come back with a report on how the first allocation
was used they can readily get more address space.
Most importantly: We will, as a matter of policy, not get involved in any
discussion whatsoever about who is a provider and who is not.
This will just lead to fruitless discussions and cycles wasted.
Of course all providers are expected to contribute to the funding of the
RIPE NCC :-).
Hope this helps
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