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Obtaining an IP block from ARIN?

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We are moving to a new datacenter in about 5 weeks. Currently my plan is to have the ISP give me a new /24 of IP's, since my current IP's are owned by the old datacenter. I was thinking to get a /24 from ARIN instead, so that I own it. Initially i would only "route" it through the one ISP that i'm using and rely on all of their redundancies, but in the future I can always add another ISP, change ISP's, etc while keeping my IP's.

Does anyone have experience getting an IP block and know how long it takes, how much headache/paperwork i have to go through, and if there are any costs beyond $1250 a year?

Justifying the IP's is no problem... but if this is an 8-10 week process that will drive me crazy or cost a fortune, maybe i should avoid it?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I don't think it works that way.  IPs are owned by the ISPs because they are part of the routing and DNS system.  They're not really portable.  http://www.iana.org/numbers/

You need to talk to you new data center.
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I know, that's why i want to get my own block from ARIN and assign the routing to go through my 1 ISP for now.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Please read the article.  You have to Be an ISP to get IPs assigned to you.  IPs are not portable.
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but i can call myself an ISP? and at arin i saw that you can request IP's as an end-user.

i know plenty of companies that have their own IP block but are not tecnically an internet service provider.
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I found what you were talking about.  On this page, https://www.arin.net/fees/fee_schedule.html#end_users , it says "End users receive IP addresses for use only in their internal networks".  It is not clear what that means.

Don't forget that the whole purpose of the IP addresses is to be found, not just to have the numbers.  I'm not sure how getting the IP numbers puts you in the DNS system.  ISPs are participants in the system.
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You will have to build your local area network and to link it to your ISP. Probably you will need a netowrd administrator to do that and to support the local network.
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I found the solution myself... for an end user to obtain a /24 they must be multi-homed, and then it is about a $1250/year fee and takes about 3 weeks to process.
But if you want to be single-homed then you need a /20 or larger, and need to justify the IP's. doesn't make sense to me, but those are the rules.
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