Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry

Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry

The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) is the Regional Internet Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean region. [ LACNIC] provides number resource allocation and registration services that support the global operation of the Internet. It is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation whose members include Internet Service Providers, and similar organisations.


LACNIC's main functions are:

* Allocating IPv4 and IPv6 address space, and Autonomous System Numbers
* Maintaining the public Whois Database for the Latin American and Caribbean region
* Reverse DNS delegations
* Representing the interests of the Latin American and Caribbean Internet community on the global stage


LACNIC was established in 2001, with administrative offices in Montevideo, Uruguay and technical facilities provided by the [ Comitê Gestor da Internet Brasil] of São Paulo. Before this date, registration services for the region were provided by the American Registry for Internet Numbers.

LACNIC meetings

[ LACNIC XI 26-30 May 2008 - Salvador, Bahia, Brazil]

[ LACNIC Caribbean - Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles - July 22 and 23, 2008 ]

Next Meeting:

LACNIC XII - May 25 to 29, 2009 - Panamá City, Panamá

Countries - LACNIC region

*Antigua and Barbuda
*Cayman Islands
*Costa Rica
*Dominican Republic
*Dutch West Indies
*El Salvador
*Falkland Islands (UK)
*French Guiana
*Saint Kitts and Nevis
*Saint Lucia
*Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
*South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
*Trinidad and Tobago



The LACNIC consists of:
* Members
** Members can directly influence the LACNIC’s activities and services. Members are responsible for nominating and electing candidates to the LACNIC Executive Board and for accepting the LANIC charging scheme and approving the LACNIC Financial Report each year. Members also give input to, and feedback on, the activities carried out and the services provided by LACNIC.

* Executive Board
** LACNIC members nominate and elect the Executive Board. The Board consists of six members and is responsible for appointing the LACNIC's Executive Directo and for the overall financial situation of LACNIC.
* LACNIC Staff
** Staff members perform the activities of LACNIC, provide services to its members and provide administrative support to LACNIC.

Executive Board


Organizations that receive IP addresses directly from LACNIC automatically become members. According the size of the address space each organization administers, there are different member categories and levels. Membership is open to any interested person or organization; this means that those organizations that do not receive IP addresses directly from LACNIC can also apply for membership.

It is not necessary to become a member of LACNIC prior to applying for IP address space (or any other resource), nor will doing so make it easier to obtain them.

For detailed information about member categories, rights, and obligations see: []

LACNIC cooperation agreements

Since its creation, LACNIC has adopted an active cooperation policy seeking to consolidate itself as an organization, to strengthen its involvement in the growth and development of the Internet within the region, and to satisfy its primary purpose of Internet resource management for the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

An example of this are the initial agreements signed with Comite Gestor do Internet Brazil and NIC Mexico. Through the first agreement it was possible to have the technical infrastructure and human resources necessary for LACNIC's operational center in the city of São Paulo during the first two years of its existence. In the case of the agreement with NIC Mexico, it was possible to implement LACNIC's training plans at the expense of said organization, through the preparation of material and the organization of meetings in different countries of our region.

These two agreements have had a very important role in LACNIC's achievement of stability and viability during its initial stages.

Likewise, we believe that by generating different cooperation agreements and activities LACNIC can make a significant contribution to the strengthening of the institution as well as to the growth and development of the Internet community within the region.

LACNIC's participation in each agreement is varied and depends on the capabilities that are available in each case, but the intention is always to complement the resources and actions of each organization. For this reason, in some cases it participates by using its own funds or obtaining funds from outside the region, in others by facilitating the institutionalization of regional organizations, integrating and co-participating in the organization of forums and other events as well as supporting research on strategic issues.

Thus, although it is not its primary role, LACNIC contributes to the growth and evolution of the regional Internet community, enhancing its international presence and relevance, resulting in a greater degree of involvement and effect on policy definition and global resource management of the network at international level.

NIC-BR - LACNIC Agreement

NIC-MX - LACNIC Agreement

CLARA - LACNIC Cooperation Agreement

ECOM-LAC - LACNIC Cooperation Agreement LACTLD - LACNIC Cooperation Agreement

ICA-IDRC - LACNIC Agreement (FRIDA Program)

ISC - LACNIC Agreement (Project +RAICES)

ORT University - LACNIC Agreement

University of the Republic (School of Engineering) - LACNIC Agreement

Exchange Programs with other RIRs

Support and Participation in Regional Events and other Forums

The Number Resource Organization

With the other RIRs, LACNIC is a member of the Number Resource Organization (NRO), , which exists to protect the unallocated number resource pool, to promote and protect the bottom-up policy development process, and to be the focal point for input into the RIR system.

Other leading Internet organisations

These include the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the [ Internet Engineering Policy Group (IEPG)] , the Internet Society (ISOC), and others.

External links

* [] - official site.
* [ ] about LACNIC's membership

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