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AS Numbers unused/sitting for long periods of time

On 1/2/18 2:46 PM, James Breeden wrote:
> And before you come back with "Well they may be using it internally where it doesn't need to be in the GRT" - that's why we have Private AS numbers.
> I.e. some form of ARIN or global policy that basically says "If AS number not routed or whois updated or used in 24 months, said AS number can be public noticed via mailing list and website and then revoked and reissued to a pending, approved AS request"

That's a very broken idea. Immediately to my mind is any internet 
exchange with route servers will have an AS number that will never show 
in a path, let alone a global table. Yet such a route server requires a 
real AS number.