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How to get a Class C address

In article <94082916012500029@rarees.demon.co.uk>, Rob Rees
<rob@rarees.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>[...]      In the meantime we would like to 'book' a Class C address
>- what is the procedure for this?  Is there are central organization
>to contact?  We would not want to tie ourselves to any particular
>internet provider, eg Pipex, EUNet, Demon etc, as we have not yet
>completed the evaluation of our needs.

It is helpful to the Internet at large to wait till you have chosen a
service provider, and then obtain a number from them.  This will allow
your network to be routed as part of your provider's block, thus helping
to slow the growth of Internet routing tables.  If you are allocated a
number by a provider who you do not eventually connect to, it will need
to be individually routed.  See RFC-1519 for details.

Emphatically, this does *not* constrain you to connect to the provider
who allocates you a network number, nor does it mean that you will have
to renumber your network should you decide to change providers.

Officially, if you do not know who you will be connecting to, or are not
intending to connect immediately, you should apply to the UK `registry
of last resort', which is JANET.  However, all the commercial providers
will be more than happy to allocate you a number (and add you to their
prospects list :-).

But to reiterate my first point, unless you really need the number now,
you would be a good net citizen to wait till you have decided on a
provider.

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin        | If alt is the sewer of Usenet,
Public IP Exchange | com is the sewer of the DNS.

Original headers:

From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.net
Subject: Re: How to get a Class C address
Date: 1 Sep 1994 13:36:22 +0100
Organization: PIPEX, 216 Science Park, Cambridge, England
Message-ID: <344hs6$6a5@pipe.pipex.net>
References: <94082916012500029@rarees.demon.co.uk>

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