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ASNs and 1897 (was: Getting attached...)

Jason Duerstock <[email protected]> writes:

> > Note that an RFC1897 format address includes the ASN (Autonomous System
> > Number) of one's provider, not an ASN that belongs to one's own site.
> > (Though a provider uses its own ASN.)

This is completely incomprehensible. Why should I use the ASN of my
`provider' if I have one of my own (which is typically not the case)?
Also, more or less by definition, if I have an AS number, I have more
than one `provider'.

Can someone clarify this?