Author: Owen DeLong
Submitted On: 19 October 2012
ARIN should accept any valid evidence of a unique routing policy and/or multihomed connectivity as proof of the need for an autonomous system number, per policy. It is ridiculous for ARIN to insist on copies of signed agreements as the only form of acceptable evidence.
As an example, ARIN can independently corroborate that route-views shows a prefix or collection of prefixes terminating at or being routed via the stated transit providers in the case where an organization is moving from static-routed connectivity to BGP-based multi-homing.
Updated: 12 November 2012
12 November 2012
ARIN has received your suggestion entitled "Changes to Documentation Requirements for ASN Requests" and assigned it the number 2012.17.
We would like to first take the time to clarify our existing procedures so that you have a better understanding of what is required since there seems to be some misconceptions. For example, your suggestion to "independently corroborate that route-views shows a prefix or collection of prefixes terminating at or being routed via the stated transit providers " is already standard practice at ARIN.
ARIN accepts a pretty broad range of things to verify connectivity. We will accept a reassignment from an ISP to the requester, or an ISP routing a block that's assigned/reassigned to the requester, or a copy of their signed connectivity agreement, or a recent/bill invoice showing the connectivity.
It should be noted that when an organization is requesting an additional AS number, we need to verify not just connectivity, but that a second AS number is justified. We typically can't verify that with a reassignment from an ISP or based on routing of IP addresses since those don't tell us the location(s) at which the customer has connectivity, and non-connected multi-homed networks at geographically different sites are very often the requester's justification for an additional AS number. Obtaining a copy of a signed connectivity agreement for the new location or a recent bill/invoice showing connectivity at the new location may be the only way to verify a second AS number is justified.
So in closing, we would like to state that ARIN already accepts multiple verification methods for connectivity during an ASN request, including the one you used as an example. If you have any additional feedback or ideas for new verification methods, we would be happy to review them.
Thank you for taking the time to participate in the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process. Suggestion 2012.17 is closed.