ICANN Exec Warns That We're Running Out Of IP Addresses

ICANN Exec Warns That We're Running Out Of IP Addresses

Oh no! Sound the alarm! Alert the neighbors! The sky is falling! Or is it? We've heard before that the Internet may eventually run out of bandwidth and/or IP addresses, but none of those horror stories ever came to light. But now, another End of the World scenario is presenting itself: the world could soon run out of Internet addresses, despite the fact that ICANN just recently enabled the use of non-Latin domain names.


That's according to Rod Beckstrom, chief executive of ICANN, who is worried that the explosion of connected devices could eat up the 8% or 9% of remaining IPV4 addresses, and that if companies didn't switch over to IPV6 soon, we could all be in a big mess when that wall is hit. He stated in an interview that "we are running out; that move really needs to be made, we're seeing this scarce resource run down." IPV4 only has space for "a few billion" addresses, whereas IPV6 has room for trillions.

Each mobile device that connects to the Web needs its own IP address, and with more and more of those hitting the streets, IPV4 is quickly reaching its limit. So, will companies start making the switch proactively? Or will we have to experience a doomsday scenario before we get it right?

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It is simple, force all mobile devices to use IPv6. Problem solved.

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^^^^ Agreed. Not sure why all these companies aren't already transitioning to IPv6, knowing the wall that they'll invevitably hit.

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People are like, "hey this is what we have to do to fix this," and then other people are like, "oh but I'm lazy maybe later."

Nothing gets done. Time for a major overhaul once things get messy.

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LOL one thing i would love to have is the last IP but then there would be no more IPs out there -.-

Once things do get messy they would be forced to do it in a hurry... That's what they get for stalling it.

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I foresee a ton of IPV4 addresses being freed up soon enough, as companies go to IPv6.

Then again... why give up that highly-sought-after IPv4 space for free? Anyone know what I could get for three class B's on the black market? :)

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