4 or smaller digit ASNs

Mel Beckman mel at beckman.org
Thu Oct 12 05:47:30 CST 2017


James,

As far as I know, you can't buy an existing ASN for any amount of money. You can buy the company that owns it, but that seems like boiling tea with a blowtorch.

I sincerely doubt there are unused low-number ASNs, but you could always ask ARIN.

I'm curious what your client's rationale is for wanting a low ASN. It can't be efficiency, since the numbers all take the same number of bits ultimately. If they just like small numbers, I'd advise them to forget it -- life is too short. If they have a real technical reason that nobody has foreseen (or at least I haven't foreseen), I'd love to hear it.


 -mel beckman

> On Oct 11, 2017, at 10:01 PM, James Breeden <James at arenalgroup.co> wrote:
> 
> Hello NANOG...
> 
> I have a client interested in picking up a new AS number but they really want it to be 3 or 4 digits in length.
> 
> Is there a process to request this from ARIN, or doss anyone know of unused ASns fitting this that anyone is looking to sell for some quick cash?
> 
> Thanks!
> James
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


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