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The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC) is of the five regional RIRs that allocate and administer IP Addresses. LACNIC's central aim is to manage Internet number resources, including IPv4, IPv6, and ASN. The organization's has approximately 3,000 members spread across 18 countries.

LACNIC is the RIR (Regional Internet Registry) responsible for the allocation of Internet number resources throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region. It is a non-profit organization like the other RIRs and its members must comply with its membership requirements. The main members of LACNIC are ISPs and other Internet related organizations.

The agreement for founding LACNIC was signed on August 22nd, 1999 during an ICANN meeting. At that time, ARIN was in charge of the Latin America and Caribbean region. Thus, LACNIC developed a business plan and sent it to ARIN; a transition was necessary to enable LACNIC to become the fourth RIR at that time, in addition to APNIC, ARIN, and RIPE NCC. AfriNIC was founded later.

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are companies that provide various Internet services to interested customers. Usually, ISPs provide either business or individual Internet access packaged with telephone, television, email accounts and personal, customizable web pages.
In the News
  • Goran Marby, the new CEO of ICANN, will officially transition into his role this month, May 2016. Read the Press Release here.
  • Draft Report: New gTLD Program Safeguards to Mitigate DNS Abuse is available for Public Comment until 25 April 2016. More info can be found here.
  • ICANN Fellowship Application Round for ICANN 57 is now open. Learn more here.
  • On 17 March 2016, the US House of Representatives' Communications and Technology Subcommittee held its hearing on 'Privatizing the Internet Assigned Number Authority', with testimony from Alissa Cooper, Chair of the ICG.
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.it is the country code top-level domain name (ccTLD) for Italy.

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