[sig-policy] New version of prop-114: Modification in the ASN eligibilit

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      • Dear SIG members

        A new version of the proposal “prop-114: Modification in the ASN 
        eligibility criteria" has been sent to the Policy SIG for review.

        Information about earlier versions is available from:

        You are encouraged to express your views on the proposal:

         - Do you support or oppose the proposal?
         - Is there anything in the proposal that is not clear?
         - What changes could be made to this proposal to make it more effective?

        Please find the text of the proposal below.

        Kind Regards,


        prop-114-v002: Modification in the ASN eligibility criteria

        Proposer:     Aftab Siddiqui
                            aftab.siddiqui at gmail dot com

                           Skeeve Stevens
                           skeeve at eintellegonetworks dot com

        1. Problem statement

            The current ASN assignment policy states two eligibility criteria
            and that both criteria should be fulfilled in order to obtain an
            ASN. The policy seems to imply that both requirements i.e.
            multi-homing and clearly defined single routing policy must be met
            simultaneously, this has created much confusion in interpreting the

            As a result organizations have either provided incorrect information
            to get the ASN or barred themselves from applying where they still
            have a valid justification for obtaining an ASN.

        2. Objective of policy change

            In order to make the policy guidelines simpler we are proposing to
            modify the text describing the eligibility criteria for ASN
            assignment by providing alternate criteria to obtaining an ASN.

        3. Situation in other regions

            It is not mandatory but optional to be multi-homed in order get ASN

            Policy to remove multi-homing requirement is currently in discussion
            and the current phase ends 12 February 2015 (awaiting Chair 

            Only inter-connect is mandatory not multi-homing

            It is mandatory to be multi-homed in order to get ASN.

        4. Proposed policy solution

            An organization is eligible for an ASN assignment if:

             - they are currently multi-homed OR

             - meet one of the other criteria in the guidelines managed by the 
               APNIC Secretariat

        5. Advantages / Disadvantages


            By adding the additional criteria of Guidelines managed by APNIC
            Secretariat, this would enable the Secretariat to make decisions
            based on common or rare use cases, but that may still be a valid


            It may be perceived that this policy would enable members to obtain
            ASN’s more easily, and in return cause faster consumption of ASN’s
            in the region.  Given the relative ease of obtaining an ASN with
            ‘work around’ methods, we do not perceive this will actually have
            any effect.

        6. Impact on resource holders

            No impact on existing resource holders.

            Proposed Draft Guidelines
            (to be created as a numbered document by APNIC)

            The below are example of guidelines that could be considered for
            alternate needs justification.

            The intention to multi-home in the future

            The applicant is participating in elastic fabrics where the 
            requirements to connect to ‘on demand’ service providers may require
            ASN/BGP connectivity

            Regional limitation of obtaining multi-homing connectivity in the
            ‘immediate’ term, but want to design their networks for this capability

            Have a single unique routing policy different to their upstream, but yet
            are single-homed