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Internet may have less than one year's worth of IP addresses left

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Jul 2010 17:14 User comments (16)

Internet may have less than one year's worth of IP addresses left The Internet currently uses IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), which uses 32-bit numbers, allowing for the availability of a total of 4 billion IP addresses.
According to experts, about 94 percent of those addresses have already been allocated, and the Internet may run out of IP addresses by 2011, at least under the current IPv4 system.

A new system, IPv6, would use 128-bit numbers, allowing for an almost infinite amount of IP addresses. So far, however, adoption has been slow.

If adoption of the new system doesn't happen soon, Google Internet evangelist Vint Cerf warns that a "black market" for IP addresses would start, taking "away from the decentralized nature of the Internet."

"Without IPv6, the Internet's expansion and innovation could be limited," also notes American Registry for Internet Numbers president and CEO John Curran. "Delaying IPv6 deployment may strain the work of Internet operators, application developers, and end users everywhere."

Google is one of few companies that already puts all its services on the IPv6 protocol, with Facebook being another notable company.

Verizon and Comcast, two of the largest ISPs, have begun testing the protocol, as well.

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16 user comments

125.7.2010 17:21

I know this isn't funny but did anyone else laugh when they read the title.

225.7.2010 18:12

Why would they?

325.7.2010 21:49

Bash quote #4909 may come true.

"Internet's full"

425.7.2010 21:58

In a Dr Evil voice i'll sell my ip for

"One Million Dollars" :p

525.7.2010 23:23

The good news is that the majority of IP addresses can be easily freed up by cell companies switching to ipv6. The bad news is that we all know the cell companies hate innovation.

626.7.2010 0:33

Originally posted by KillerBug:
The good news is that the majority of IP addresses can be easily freed up by cell companies switching to ipv6. The bad news is that we all know the cell companies hate innovation.
Sounds like moving to v6 would a good reason to increase charges,the ISP's over here would love that idea,they're already fleecing us for cell calls not to mention the joke our BB is since majority here are on copper line, as for ADSL 2 although it's faster it ain't nearly fast enough i'm lucky to download a single file at 1.3mb...lol..,i estimate we're 10 years behind everyone else & dam the price to surf with just a measly bloody cell phone,what more hardware would ISP's need to install to get IP6 running i'm sure they'll find some lame excuse that there'll need to be a price increase across the board..bloody s.o.b's i want bb for nothing dam it..

726.7.2010 1:23

Time to put that unuse IP6 to use.

826.7.2010 1:33

im sorry you have reached the end of the internet

926.7.2010 2:26

OH NO THE INTERNET IS GOING TO DIE, BILL!!!! BILL!!!! You have to help you got the pockets for it hahahaha

1026.7.2010 2:46

how will changing to ipv6 affect bittorrent vpn users though seeing as it has been shown to have security flaws

1126.7.2010 3:50

The security hole in VPNs happens when you use the "IPV6 over ipv4" service. If you are just using ipv6, and the proxy is only ipv6, then the security hole is closed.

1226.7.2010 14:21

So, does this mean that Apple will create the iRouter and save the world???

1327.7.2010 17:18

internet is currently full. please wait until ip address is available for allocation, your queue is 1665. etimateed wait time is 1 year,3 months,6 days,11 hours and 12 minutes.


1428.7.2010 14:38

now thats funny i rember when we were running out of different area codes and numbers when cell phones were just comming outin regular use lol now the internet holy hell batman time for an upgrade but i dont see that happening by some isps me on the other hand on hughesnet satelite it sucks no matter what protocol i have

153.8.2010 23:51

You have reached the end of the internet. Please click here to go back.

164.8.2010 7:33

if they combined the information from 50000 sites into 1 site they'd free up more sites.you google 1 thing and thousands pop up most of the information is exactly the same ,some of it is even the same word for word.


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