Network Working Group R. Blokzijl
Request for Comments: 1181 RIPE/NIKHEF
RIPE Terms of Reference
Status of this Memo
This RFC describes the Terms of Reference of RIPE (Reseaux IP
Europeens), the cooperation of European IP networks. This memo
provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify
Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
Recognising that IP networks are growing beyond the LAN's in Europe,
and are extending over national and international WAN's in Europe,
the RIPE coordinating body has been created. RIPE stands for the
"Reseaux IP Europeens".
The objective of RIPE is to ensure the necessary administrative and
technical coordination to allow the operation and expansion of a
pan-European IP network.
o RIPE acts as a forum for the exchange of technical information
and the creation of expertise on IP networking.
o The area of relevance for RIPE is Europe.
o All parties operating wide area IP networks are encouraged to
o RIPE promotes and coordinates interconnection of IP networks
within Europe and to other continents.
o RIPE establishes agreement on common network management
practices and the operational management of the interconnected
o RIPE serves as a focal point for other common activities of the
participants related to IP networking.
o All documents produced by RIPE will be publicly available.
o RIPE is not a network service provider. IP networks
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RFC 1181 RIPE Terms of Reference September 1990
collaborating in RIPE remain under the executive authority of
their respective organisations.
Security issues are not discussed in this memo.
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