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

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    • From: Masato Yamanishi <myamanis at gmail dot com>
    • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:28:18 +0900
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      • Dear colleagues

        The four-week final comment period for the proposal 'Modification in the
        ASN eligibility criteria' has ended.

        During the comment period there was continued support for the proposal.
        The Chairs therefore deem that consensus has been maintained
        on the proposal.

        We formally request that the APNIC Executive Council endorse this

        For a detailed history of this proposal see:



        APNIC Policy SIG Chairs

        Masato, 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.