[sig-policy] Final Comment Period for prop-114: Modification in the ASN

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    • From: Masato Yamanishi <myamanis at gmail dot com>
    • Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2015 00:27:32 +0900
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      • Dear colleagues

        Version 3 of prop-114: Modification in the ASN eligibility criteria,
        reached consensus at the APNIC 40 Open Policy Meeting and later at the
        APNIC Member Meeting (AMM).

        This proposal will now move to the next step in the APNIC Policy
        Development Process and is being returned to the Policy SIG mailing list
        for the final Comment Period.

        At the end of this period the Policy SIG Chairs will evaluate comments
        made and determine if the consensus reached at APNIC 40 still holds. The
        Chairs may extend the Comment Period to a maximum of eight (8) weeks to
        allow further discussion.

        If consensus holds, the Chair of the Policy SIG will ask the Executive
        Council to endorse the proposal for implementation.

           - Send all comments and questions to: <sig-policy at apnic dot net>
           - Deadline for comments:  23:59 (UTC +10) Sunday, 11 October 2015

        Proposal details

        This is a proposal changes the criteria for AS number requests from
        end-user organizations considering multihoming.

        Proposal details, including the full text of the proposal, history, and
        links to the APNIC 40 meeting archive, are available at:



        Masato and Sumon


        prop-114-v003: 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 policy.

           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 decision)
            Policy - https://www.ripe.net/ripe/policies/proposals/2014-03

            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 organisation is eligible for an ASN assignment if:

            - they are currently multi-homed, OR

            - have previous allocated provider independent address space by
              APNIC, AND intend to multi-home in the future

        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.