The network number 140.222/16 will continue to be the address of the
ANS backbone. This network is not going away any time soon. The only
conceivable reason (long term maybe - no plan at this point) we might
get rid of 140.222 would be if we could compress all our routers and
interface numbers into a smaller prefix and wanted to be really good
CIDR citizens and renumber our backbone. (very unlikely unless the
number allocation problem becomes critical in the years to come).
You might be better off directing a default route at your primary
provider, though aiming at 140.222 won't make much difference from a
distance in the topology. We are aware of the widespread use of
140.222 among smaller providers. Unlike 129.40 (the former T1
backbone, later reassigned to IBM Kingston), 140.222 is not being
The one practice ANS is trying to stop is our immediate peers pointing
a default route at us for the purpose of gaining free transit
connectivity to other providers pointing default at other
interchanges. To my knowledge, though we are unhappy with the
practice, no shutdown ultimatims have been issued.
PS - I don't think any provider will be losing connectivity to 140.222
in the upcoming transition, but would stand corrected if anyone has
PPS - Nice .sig "Crash dummy of the Israeli Information Highway".