[ppml] Metric for rejecting policy proposals: AC candidate question

Randy Bush randy at psg.com
Fri Oct 6 17:55:59 EDT 2006

> Last spring we looked at 2005-9 (4 Byte AS Numbers)   The policy gives 
> clear dates over the next 3 years and starting in January of 2007, for 
> when ARIN should begin handing out 32 bit AS's and cease to make a 
> distinction between 32 bit and 16 bit AS's.  However there is no RFC and 
> only a Internet draft created last fall, that discusses the creation of 
> 4byte AS's.  It seemed to me that having the policy go through the local 
> registrar's process, was a bit premature considering that the draft has 
> not gone through the RFC process in IETF and that no hardware supports 
> it.   This is a case, where I would have liked to see the AC refer the 
> author to the IETF process to flesh things out a bit more, and if 
> necessary with a nod that "we support this idea" ..  As it is now, ARIN 
> can start handing out 32 bit AS's in a little more than 3 months and the 
> draft is still a "proposed standard" "waiting for write up"

the internet stopped waiting for the ivtf a while ago.  they are good at 
inventing and embellishing the complex and delaying the obvious.  in the 
meantime, the net kinda has to work.  it might be wise if the 
operational and administrative infrastructures kept in synch.

[ btw, the author of the 4-byte asn policy proposal is the same poor sob 
who is working his draft through the ivtf sausage machine ]


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