4 or smaller digit ASNs

Dave Temkin dave at temk.in
Fri Oct 13 13:19:23 CST 2017

I appreciate your tenacity!

SSI = Streaming Services Inc., always wholly owned by Netflix.

We had three ASNs at one point. We needed a fourth to do a migration and the ASN gods smiled down on us and gave us 2906 out of a newly released pool of unallocated ASNs, back in 2011.

That ASN birthed our CDN, Open Connect, and it became our primary because it was just too nice to use on a corporate network.

From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at nanog.org> on behalf of Brett Watson <brett at the-watsons.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:28:45 PM
To: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: 4 or smaller digit ASNs

> On Oct 12, 2017, at 15:53, Richard Hicks <richard.hicks at gmail.com> wrote:
> Anyone know the history behind ASN 2906 (Netflix)?
> How did they get a number that low?

I didn’t recognize as2906 so went digging... and I can’t find a thing. ARIN has a “who has” service but my account on ARIN was locked and I wasn’t able to unlock without calling them (maybe tomorrow).

The AS-Name is “AS-SSI” (there is an AS-Set listed on RIPE named this) which I suspect might lead to the original owner. It looks familiar-ish but I’m not sure who had it before Netflix. Clearly they must have bought it outright, acquired the original owner, or something, but I’ll be damned if I can find historical data on who it originally belonged to.


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