[arin-announce] New Version of Registration Services Agreement Posted

Member Services info at arin.net
Tue Feb 17 16:56:09 EST 2009

ARIN is pleased to announce the release of Version 10.0 of its 
Registration Services Agreement ("RSA"). Version 10.0 was written to 
address community input and the operational experience obtained since 
Version 9.0 was released in April 2006. Below you will see a change 
summary, many of which were incorporated into the Legacy RSA (“LRSA”) 
released in September 2008. The previous version of the RSA, 9.2, will 
remain on our website for comparison and review for the next 90 days.

Modifications to the RSA as reflected in Version 10.0 include the following:

1. The text describing ARIN’s authority to modify the agreement has been 
moved from an unnumbered paragraph into section 2. For all future 
revisions of the RSA, the new section 2 provides that ARIN will send 
e-mail notification to the currently registered Administrative Point of 
Contact. Moreover, section 14(d) was revised to allow an Applicant to 
terminate the agreement at any time with the return of the Applicant’s 
number resources.

2. Section 3 makes more explicit ARIN’s ability to terminate the 
agreement if an Applicant misrepresents information it provides to ARIN. 
This provision protects the whole community from fraudulent 
applications, which are on the increase.

3. Section 6(b) now includes another option to address nonpayment, 
providing ARIN the option to stop the provision of services in lieu of 
revocation and/or termination of the RSA. The addition of this 
flexibility is in favor of number resource holders, and it provides ARIN 
with an option short of revocation to address nonpayment while retaining 
the revocation option.

4. The bankruptcy provision in RSA 10.0 contains many of the same 
protections in prior RSAs. One key difference is that the newly revised 
section 11 provides specific references to the Bankruptcy Code for the 
convenience of reviewing lawyers.

5. Section 15(a) includes several revisions. The different assignment 
clauses were broken out into separate paragraphs for clarity. The 
revision adds flexibility to the assignment notification requirements 
under certain conditions. Prior to this revision, all assignments 
required ARIN's written affirmative consent in advance of the 
assignment. This revision addresses the needs of corporations and other 
large applicant entities that require flexibility and assurance, while 
protecting ARIN’s need to be apprised of the assignment.

6. ARIN revised references to its "sole and exclusive" discretion so 
that these references now read "sole, exclusive, and reasonable 
discretion." Examples can be found in sections 3 and 4(b). This revision 
serves as a limitation on ARIN's discretion while advocating the number 
resource holder.

7. In specifications on communication with ARIN, references to ARIN’s 
Secure Login website have been added so that exchanges via this 
mechanism are permitted. Examples can be found in sections 5(a) and 15(j).

8. Applicant is now required to submit each page of the RSA, not just 
the signature page.

Additional details and answers to some of the typical questions that 
ARIN receives about the RSA can be found in the new Frequently Asked 
Questions (FAQ) page available at:

To view Version 10.0 of the RSA, please visit:

Anyone needing further information about the RSA can call the Financial 
Services Help Desk at +1-703-227-9886 or send an e-mail to billing at arin.net.

Nothing in this announcement alters or otherwise modifies any terms of 
the RSA.


Financial Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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