[bc-gnso] Notification of Receipt of Proposal for Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Sat Jul 24 13:23:33 UTC 2010

Dear BC colleagues
While perhaps not on your radar screen, AS's matter. These numbers are as critical [or more so] than IP addresses. Your technical guys who support your networks worry about your AS, since that is how your network is 'found' by other networks. 
I will invite technical contacts from BC members to work together to discuss this topic. It is not a 'general' gTLD policy issue but a broader governance issue. 
We could schedule a specific call to discuss. 
Countries can, through their practices, limit the ability of ISPs to obtain AS #s; that makes a country look like they have limited connectivity to the Internet. The US, most of Europe, and most of Latin America, assume that any network can obtain an AS number via the RIR, and be 'identified' as a separate network in the global Internet. 
Some countries want to limit the access to AS #s to the incumbent telecom in their country and have all ISPs 'behind' the single AS #. This creates much confusion in both being able to measure Internet growth, and some other challenges. 
If you want to join a discussion on this topic, please let me know. I believe that comments, for the most part, should come from individual companies with experts, but we may want to submit a high level statement.
This is not a gTLD policy, but an ICANN goverance policy which has significant implications for the BC's members, especially those that operate networks. 

Marilyn CadeBC Chair
> Forwarded From: John Jeffrey 
> To all ICANN Advisory Committee and Supporting Organization Chairs (with copy to SO Secretariats),
> Pursuant to ICANN's MOU with the NRO, yesterday ICANN received a proposal for a Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers.  Under the MOU, ICANN is required to issue a 21-day final call for comments on that proposed policy and to issue notices to ICANN's Supporting Organizations and Advisory Committees regarding the final call.
> This is to inform you that today, ICANN opened a 21-day final call for public comment on the proposed policy, and encourages your membership to participate.  The announcement of the public comment period, including a link to the proposed policy, is available at http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-23jul10-en.htm, and the public comment forum can be accessed at http://www.icann.org/en/public-comment/#asn-2010.  The public comment forum will be open until 13 August 2010.
> Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and circulating this information to your supporting organization or advisory committee membership.
> John Jeffrey
> General Counsel & Secretary
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