[sig-policy] prop-107-v001: AS number transfer policy proposal

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      The proposal "prop-107-v001: AS number transfer policy proposal"
      has been sent to the Policy SIG for review. It  will be presented at the
      Policy SIG at APNIC 36 in Xi'an, China, on Thursday, 29 August 2013.
      We invite you to review and comment on the proposal on the mailing list
      before the meeting.
      The comment period on the mailing list before an APNIC meeting is an
      important part of the policy development process. We encourage you to
      express your views on the proposal:
           - Do you support or oppose this proposal?
           - Does this proposal solve a problem you are experiencing? If so,
             tell the community about your situation.
           - Do you see any disadvantages in this proposal?
           - Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
           - What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more
      Information about this and other policy proposals is available from:
      Andy, Masato
      prop-107-v001: AS number transfer policy proposal
      Author: Tomohiro Fujisaki <fujisaki at syce dot net>
      1. Problem statement
      In the APNIC region, IPv4 transfer policy has been implemented since
      February 2010.
      On the other hand, there is no transfer policy for AS numbers, while
      some demands for transfers of AS numbers between AS number holders are
      have been observed through individual feedback to the proposal author.
      - There are a few requests to transfer the AS number with IPv4 address
        at the same time. However, currently, AS numbers are not able
        transfer under the transfer policy and only under M&A.
      - Currently, there is no policy for transfers of AS numbers between
        RIRs. M&A policy allows transfers of AS number only within the same
        RIR region. However, there are expected to be some cases where
        organizations wish to transfer both IPv4 address and AS number at the
        same time to an LIR in other RIR region.
      - AS number is also limited resource, and it is meaningful to promote
        efficient use with transfer policy.
      2. Objective of policy change
      The objective of this proposal is to allow transfer of AS numbers
      between organizations in the APNIC region, as well as with members of
      other RIRs, if a counterpart RIR has adopted an equivalent transfer
      policy for AS numbers.
      3. Situation in other regions
      Intra-region transfer policy:
      There is a AS number transfer policy in the ARIN region.
      No other RIRs implement AS number transfer policy.
      Inter-RIR transfer policy:
      There was a Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2013-1 which allows Inter-RIR
      ASN transfers, but it was abandoned by ARIN AC in June 2013.
      (see https://www.arin.net/policy/proposals/2013_1.html)
      ARIN AC said the reason as follows in their statements; (see
      "Based on the feedback received at the ARIN 31 Public Policy Meeting,
      and at the Public Policy Consultation at NANOG 58, the ARIN AC voted
      to abandon ARIN-2013-1 "Section 8.4 Inter-RIR Transfers of ASNs".  The
      feedback from the community indicated that many people felt the policy
      was unnecessary as it would have no effect until/unless another RIR
      expresses interest in allowing Inter-RIR ASN transfers as well.
      4. Proposed policy solution
      AS numbers may be transferred if recipient of the transfer will meets
      the criteria under the current APNIC policy for an assignment of AS
      Inter-regional AS number transfers may take place only via RIRs who
      agree to the transfer and share reciprocal, compatible, needs-based
      5. Explain the advantages of the proposal
      Just like IPv4 addresses, AS numbers are finite resource. This proposal
      promotes efficient use of AS numbers by allowing transfers of AS
      numbers, which is no longer needed by the existing holders.
      6. Explain the disadvantages of the proposal
      No disadvantages.
      7. Impact on resource holders
      NIRs are able to choose whether or not to implement this policy.
      8. References (if required)
      ARIN's AS number transfer policy: