Guide to Administrative Procedures of the Internet Infrastructure
RFC 2901

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Network Working Group                                          Z. Wenzel
Request for Comments: 2901                                    J. Klensin
FYI: 37                                                          R. Bush
Category: Informational                                         S. Huter
                                         Network Startup Resource Center
                                                             August 2000

   Guide to Administrative Procedures of the Internet Infrastructure

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document describes the administrative procedures for networks
   seeking to connect to the global Internet.  This includes the steps
   and operations necessary for address space allocation and
   registration, routing database registration, and domain name
   registration.  The document also contains information about the
   required forms and how to obtain them.

Table of Contents

   Who Should Read This Document ...................................  2
   Checklist .......................................................  3
   Prerequisites ...................................................  3
   I.    Preparation of Systems and Network Planning ...............  4
           A.  What do I need to connect to the Internet? ..........  4
           B.  What connectivity medium should I choose? ...........  4
           C.  What else do I need to do? ..........................  4
           D.  How do I get the documents referred to in this guide?  6
           E.  Section References ..................................  6
   II.   Address Space Allocation ..................................  7
           A.  Who is my upstream provider? ........................  7
           B.  How much address space should I ask for? ............  8
           C.  What is CIDR? .......................................  9
           D.  How do I request and register address space? ........ 10
           E.  Section References .................................. 13

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   III.  Autonomous Systems (AS) ................................... 13
           A.  What is an ASN and do I need one? ................... 13
           B.  How do I register an ASN? ........................... 14
           C.  Section References .................................. 15
   IV.   Routing and Exchange Points ............................... 15
           A.  Do I need to register with a routing database? ...... 15
           B.  What about CIDR and routing? ........................ 16
           C.  How do I choose a routing database? ................. 16
           D.  How do I register in the RADB (The Americas)? ....... 17
           E.  Section References .................................. 18
   V.    Domain Name Registration .................................. 18
           A.  What is a country domain? ........................... 18
           B.  How do I register as a country domain? .............. 18
           C.  What if my country is already registered? ........... 19
           D.  How do I resolve a country domain name dispute? ..... 19
           E.  Section References .................................. 19
   VI.   IN-ADDR.ARPA Domain Delegation ............................ 19
           A.  What is an IN-ADDR.ARPA domain and do I need one? ... 20
           B.  How do I register an IN-ADDR.ARPA domain? ........... 20
   VII.  Security .................................................. 21
           A.  Is there a way to prevent unauthorized changes to my
           objects? ................................................ 21
   VIII. Network Optimization and Management ....................... 22
           A.  How do I optimize traffic on my network? ............ 22
   Security Considerations ......................................... 22
   Acknowledgements ................................................ 22
   References ...................................................... 22
   Authors' Addresses .............................................. 24
   Appendix A:  The Internet Agencies .............................. 25
   Appendix B:  Documentation ...................................... 28
   Appendix C:  Country Codes ...................................... 29
   Appendix D:  Acronyms ........................................... 30
   Full Copyright Statement ........................................ 31

Who Should Read This Document

   This document is intended for system engineers and technical managers
   of networks who want to make a connection to the Internet.  It
   assumes a basic knowledge of the Internet and networking.
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