[arin-ppml] ARIN-2012-3: ASN Transfers - Last Call

Blecker, Christoph christoph.blecker at ubc.ca
Thu May 3 15:45:19 EDT 2012

Simple version: I do not support this policy as written.

Longer version:
I have yet to see or fully understand a situation where a specified ASN transfer is either technically required or even preferable, outside of a network engineer just wanting a particular number. The way I currently understand it, the "vanity licence plate" metaphor that some have been using seems pretty accurate. This opens the door for assigning artificial value to a number that not many people outside network engineers know or should know about. I would support this change if there was a reasonable technical need behind it (and perhaps somebody can enlighten me).

At ARIN XXIX, there was also been some talk around bankruptcy courts and not having a transfer policy around ASNs for that. Perhaps a more elegant solution would be to create a new 8.x policy to specifically address transferring resources from entities in bankruptcy, similar to the way 8.2 addresses M&As. That way, ARIN has more guidance to what the community thinks, and judges involved have specific recommendations from us in how the community views these resources.

Overall, I think more discussion is needed.


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Subject: [arin-ppml] ARIN-2012-3: ASN Transfers - Last Call

The ARIN Advisory Council (AC) met on 25 April 2012 and decided to
send the following draft policy to last call:

   ARIN-2012-3: ASN Transfers

Feedback is encouraged during the last call period. All comments should
be provided to the Public Policy Mailing List. Last call for 2012-3 will
expire on 14 May 2012. After last call the AC will conduct their last 
call review.

The draft policy text is below and available at:

The ARIN Policy Development Process is available at:


Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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Draft Policy ARIN-2012-3
ASN Transfers

Date: 14 March 2012

Policy statement:

In NRPM 8.3, replace "IPv4 number resources" with "IPv4 number resources 
and ASNs".


There are legitimate use cases for transferring ASNs, and no significant 
downsides (identified to date) of allowing it.

Timetable for implementation: Immediate
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