coprorations using BGP for advertising prefixes in mid-1990s

Dorian Kim dorian at
Thu May 12 20:34:42 UTC 2011

On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 04:21:59PM -0400, Valdis.Kletnieks at wrote:
> On Thu, 12 May 2011 14:53:53 CDT, Michael Sabino said:
> > If you are a big corporation, and it is 1995, how likely is it that you'll
> > utilize bgp for advertising your address space to the internet?
> Well, we got AS1312 sometime before 1996 (the *last changed* timestamp is
> 19960207), that sort of implies that 1311 other organizations were grabbing AS
> numbers before that.  And since an AS number has no real use for anything other
> than BGP, that implies some 1,300 organizations doing BGP in the 1995
> timeframe.

The actual number would be considerably smaller as there were large
(for some definition of large) block assignments of ASNs <~1000 or so 
to various academic networking entities such as NSFNet and regional 
networks as well as other Federal/Military networking organisations.


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