[arin-ppml] Draft Policy 2012-3: ASN Transfers

Joe Maimon jmaimon at chl.com
Thu Mar 15 19:40:38 EDT 2012

Jeffrey Lyon wrote:

>> From a marketing standpoint, there seems to be an understanding that
> lower numbered AS means better established carrier. Those looking to
> offer network services may wish to acquire older networks and merge
> into the lower numbered AS. We are AS32421, and a customer of ours was
> just issued a 4 digit ASN. I'd be willing to trade for aesthetic
> reasons ;)
> This is the only reason I can think of.
> Thanks,

Given the coming exhaustion of 2byte ASN, and the difficulties with 
4bytes, given my druthers I would much rather get one on the transfer 
market for a reasonable price so that I can use the nice community 
attribute layout and keep all my old gear, have zero inter-operation 
concerns, and appear to be an older established network.

Yes, I am one of those guys who try to ensure those whom I consult for 
and advise get a 2byte while they still can. Nobody has complained that 
they wanted the 4byte instead.

Or suppose I am transferring addresses and I want the routing gear along 
with it, but this is not quite an M&A or structuring it as one has its 
own disadvantages.

Or I was your customer and you has an extra one and I used it for all 
this time and I would like it to outlive our relationship and I dont 
want to redo all my stuff.

I support directed transfers of all resources. Picking and choosing is 
not quite right, even if it might be more prudent, where there to be no 
identified benefits.



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